David Alison - 2nd Lieutenant J. P. C. Mitchell, 1917.
Mitchell was originally an officer in the 4th Battalion Highland Light Infantry who volunteered in 1916 to train as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps. His squadron carried out reconnaissance and artillery observation above the trenches of the Western Front. Mitchell was killed in action aged 19. (National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle)
A is for Ali. If her name were Zena, I’d start the alphabet with her anyway; everything for me starts with her… Marriage is a grand madness. It’s like jumping off a very tall building and discovering you can fly. I was at some special weddings this year that reminded me and my missus why we jumped.