Kathryn, that story from Etaples is revolting. Thousands of Britons are buried there, including Peter Robertson, a highly decorated (he won the Military Medal) private in the Gordon Highlanders. Robertson died of his wounds on May 30th, 1918. The inscription on his headstone includes the following:
“Will some gentle hand/ In that distant land/ Lay down a flower for me.”
In the past, doubtless, they did. Today, however, other hands have defaced the cemetery where Robertson still lies. I guess that was all they could do. They couldn’t very well tell him to drop dead. Robertson had done that already – fighting to help defend France.