LETTER:Young minds and a long-ago war

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From Mr Hugh Lydon Burke

Sir: Pat Barker, who has just won the Booker Prize, is wrong to think that today's young people don't care deeply about the people who gave their lives in the First World War ("In the footsteps of fallen heroes", 9 November). When I read the poems of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen it makes me cry to think of all the suffering that happened in the trenches. They bring to life the sounds and smells and terrible noise that were there.

As long as these poems are read, all those men will never be forgotten.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Lydon Burke

(Aged 9)

Marsh Baldon, Oxfordshire

9 November