100 YEARS

Because my father was in his 40s when I was born and his father also older when he was born, I can say that – even though I’am not old – my grandfather (John Robert Calvert, from Knaresborough) fought on the battlefields of the Somme & Passchendaele 100 years ago.

Some know-it-all history teacher tried to ridicule me in the classroom – until I explained to him.

Although my grandfather survived, he suffered gas poisoning. I always think that contributed to my asthma. Passed on through the genes.

Here’s to all those who died and suffered in the World Wars, largely because of deranged egomaniacs.