I watched a documentary today on "The Boy Soldiers" in the British army in WW1 and still have a lump in my throat. While the actual number will never be known it is estimated that there were 1,000,000 of which at least 120,000 as young as 13 & 14 never returned. Incidents of those who could not stand the slaughter any longer were executed for cowardice. Sir Arthur Markham (the Liberal MP for Mansfield) fought a tiring battle in the commons for their return to their parents up to 1916 when he died age 50. This happened in every army and not only in WW1 however not to this extent.