Savile Lumley, "Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?" A poster commissioned by the British Parliamentary Recruiting Committee in 1915. The little girl has apparently put her father on the spot-- was he a "shirker" during the war, or did he enlist and "do his bit"? The look on his face suggests he was one of the men who elected not to serve his king and country.
The image is especially poignant when it is accompanied by Owen's "Parable" and its final lines, "But the old man would not so, but slew his son, / And half the seed of Europe, one by one." On the floor, playing with his toy soldiers and a miniature cannon, is the son, the generation that will have to fight the next war.