Even in the midst of the hardship and suffering of war, soldiers have always sought respite from battle through reminiscence of loved ones at home, following sports teams, thoughts of female companionship, humor, and comfort from those caring for their wounds. These efforts to take personal and psychological refuge from war found broad expression in the stone carvings left by soldiers on all sides.
“To One I Fondly Love”
Love poem engraved on a mess kit plate by an American soldier from Boston, 1918.
Lent by Association Soissonnais 14-18
Photographs by Jeff Gusky