That They Might Lovely Be
This story sits between the two World Wars. It focuses on the family of the schoolmaster in a small village in north Kent. The trigger is the contrasting reactions to the declaration of war in 1914 by the schoolmaster’s son, Hubert Simmonds, and his friend, Geoffrey Cordingley. Geoffrey lives in the manor house in the village but he befriended and fell in love with Hubert at Cambridge. Whilst Simmonds joins up in a spirit of self-sacrifice, Cordingley goes to the Front as part of the Friends’ Ambulance Unit.