AWM P03321.002

A roll of honour with a picture of a male soldier.

'Though his body resteth, his memory never dies.' During and after the war 'Honor Rolls' listing war volunteers went up on the walls of schools, town councils and churches. There were paper versions too, even individual tributes such as this one to James Park of Redfern in Sydney, killed in 1917. The popular motto dulce et decorum est pro patria mori was plucked from a poem by the Roman writer Horace, and claims it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. Those ancient stoic words might have erased some of the pain felt by Ada Park, James's widow, but the war's slaughter made them contemptible to some soldiers. The English soldierpoet Wilfred Owen called them 'the old lie'. (AWM P03321.002)

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