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Reading about Alastair Stephens’ recovery in the mortuary in the Somme reminds me of my late father’s similar experience.

He volunteered at the age of 16, was wounded at Gallipoli and invalided out. He then found another regiment and was sent to France – the Somme.

A shell hit his trench and he was laid out in the mortuary with his comrades. An orderly spoke to a nurse and told her there was a soldier in the mortuary also from Edinburgh with the same name as hers. The nurse was my father’s eldest sister and when she saw her only brother lying there, she sobbed over him.

As the hot tears hit his face, he opened his eyes and his lips moved. As they say, the rest is history.

Not only did he live a happy life, but at age 41 volunteered in 1939 and served as a Captain in the Pioneer Corps in World War Two.

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IN THIS ISSUE CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF SOCIAL CARE - A look back at the proud history of social care in the Church of Scotland. REMEMBERING THE IOLAIRE - How the Isle of Lewis will mark the sinking of the Iolaire, 100 years on. LEST WE FORGET - A gallery of images from across Scotland as churches marked the centenary of the end of World War One BURNS DAY - The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers looks at the Bard’s relationship with the Church. - The Very Rev Dr Finlay Macdonald offers prayers based on Burns’ poems.