When researching a friends Great-Uncles, who were killed in 1916 after an assault on the German "The Hindenburg Line" trench, we went to the approximate place they were killed to pay our respects. They both disappeared off the face the earth when hit by a shell. Having plotted where we thought they were in the trench, we found several items including horse shoes, shells( some of which were still live) and this barbed wire stanchion. Any picture of a WW1 trench shows these stanchions marking no-mans land. It is an iconic object reminding us of such a tragic loss of life that we should not forget.