Star of Harry Potter heads for trenches

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  1. DANIEL RADCLIFFE will bring the horror of the trenches to young viewers by starring in a television film that tells the tragic story of Rudyard Kipling’s son.

    My Boy Jack, a feature-length ITV film, is a personal project for the Harry Potter star, 17, who yesterday urged his generation to remember the thousands of young men who sacrificed their lives in the First World War.

    Kipling spent the last 20 years of his life in an obsessive, fruitless search for his only son John (Jack), who had gone missing during the Battle of Loos in 1915.

    John, barely 18, suffered from poor sight and had got into the Army only through the influence of his father, a keen supporter of the venture. Jack was last seen struggling through the carnage, shot in the mouth and weeping. His body was never found.

    Through his father’s urging, Jack Kipling secured a commission in the Irish Guards. But the writer was forced into a bitter re-evaluation of his beliefs after his son’s death, writing: “If any question why we died/ Tell them, because our fathers lied.”

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  2. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    The CWGC confirmed Lt Kipling IG grave in St Mary's cemetery which is located in the vicinity of Haisnes which lies between the towns of Lens and La Bassee in the Pas-de-Calais. Although the Cemetery lies in open farmland, there are neighbouring towns of Vermelles, Loos-en-Gohelle and Hulluch. The Cemetery can be reached from the D947, Lens to La Bassee road, and a CWGC signpost is visible on this road. The Cemetery is to be found on the D39, Hulluch to Vermelles road.

    Hopefully it will be portrayed better than 99% of the TV attempts on WW1.
  3. Well done, that man. It's through projects like this with big stars and a reasonable amount of exposure that we can imprint on this generation and the next something of the tragic events of the Great War.