Edward Hart died in the first world war battle aged 18. Relative Denis Taylor and family were at Ypres to pay tribute

Edward Hart, 18, had been too young to be called up for the first world war, but lied about his age to join up after being sent a white feather, the symbol of cowardice. Within two years he was dead. “He was a good-looking, strapping lad and people couldn’t believe he wasn’t old enough,” says his nephew, Denis Taylor, 86, who is in Ypres for the commemorations. “So someone, we don’t know who sent him that feather. It was quite common then. After basic training he was straight away off to Ypres.”

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