Battling bodies

Again looking back on his own tender childhood through the lens of the schoolboys, Stephen imagines himself "among them" on the hockey field, pathetically unable: "You mean that knockneed mother's darling who seems to be slightly crawsick?" But he also looks forward in life to the military contests for which field games prepare boys, as surely as medieval jousts did.

JH 2012

The battle of Stirling Bridge, 1297, in which Scots led by William Wallace defeated the English. Source: www.dailymail.co.uk.

Dead bodies in a WWI trench. Source: www.wereldoorlog1418.nl.

The Shot at Dawn Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, Staffordshire. The memorial commemorates the 346 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed for desertion in WWI after courts-martial (untold others were simply dispatched behind the lines by their officers). The statue was modeled on 17-year-old Private Herbert Burden. Source: Wikimedia Commons.