I’m currently preparing November’s Dalesman magazine in which we’ll be recounting readers’ war memories. They were harrowing times yet seventy years later it seems lessons have not been learned. This weekend we hear of yet more Yorkshiremen being killed in a cowardly attack in Afghanistan. The deaths of two soldiers from the 3rd Batallion of the Yorkshire Regiment – Gareth Thorsby of Skipton and Thomas Wroe of Holmfirth – take the tally of Brits killed in that God-forsaken country to 430. What a waste of life. I recall visiting the Leeds Pals memorial in Colsterdale (pictured) a couple of years ago and wondering why all these men had to be sent to their slaughter. At least they were fighting for our own country’s freedom – I see very little to commend the current conflict, and our withdrawal from Afghanistan cannot come quickly enough.