Like many other young men and boys, Powditchs volunteered to fight against the enemy,
signing up at registration booths in locations as diverse as names of the Regiments
For a war that "was going to be all over by Christmas"  the four ensuing
years of bitter fighting, were the bloodiest and costliest in terms of life that
the world had ever known.
As with other families whose menfolk were in the trenches, or who had raced across
'no mans land' to fight one-to-one with their enemy, lives were tragically changed for ever, whether through the violent loss of loved ones never to return home, or those who did return, though traumatised by what they had lost, seen, or experienced.
- and then, in 1939, after 21 years of a much-altered world, and one in which conflict was always bubbling beneath the surface, the Second World War (1939-1945) began.