Occasionally, when one is browsing through old photographs, time 'telescopes' and suddenly the distant past seems, well, not distant at all....
This picture shows a PE class at Topsham Barracks, Devon. Dated 28 January 1916.
My grandfather Harry Rowe is one of the two instructors - he's sitting cross-legged.
One wonders how many of them got through to the end of that year unscathed, let alone to Armistice Day 1918.
The lad third from right, back row, looks about sixteen. He should be at school.