During the First World War this country appealed for volunteers to join the armed forces. To many men it meant leaving their homes for a long time. It meant risking their lives. For many it meant taking a significant salary cut. But to say the response was overwhelming would be a huge understatement. If the country needed such manpower ever again I wonder if we'd see even a remotely similar response.
The men who volunteered fought in atrocious conditions but they gave it their all and more. Many made the ultimate sacrifice. This country owes so much to them.
Today the last of the volunteers, Henry Allingham, has died. With his passing the entire generation of volunteers have passed into history.
In his final years Allingham was determined that his comrades and their sacrifice were not forgotten. This final mission was a success.