ISIS posted footage online of the Sykes-Picot line between Iraq and Syria being blown up. Lawrence thought the Arab revolt had failed; in fact it was only just beginning.
In 1916, in one of history's longest and deadliest battles, 300,000 French and German troops died for a few acres of France. The ghosts still linger.
It is the lost rebels - and the ones who will step forward in the future - who deserve to be celebrated on remembrance day, says ex-soldier Joe Glenton.
The 1920s Outlawry Movement sought to replace war with arbitration, by first banning war and then developing a code of international law and a court with the authority to settle disputes.
And when he saw them marching up Whitehall / I remember what old Arthur said / He said the donkeys are all wearing poppies / So I shall wear dandelions instead
Judged from the perspective of those first wearers of the poppy – that the red flower should be a declaration of hope that wars should never happen again – the poppy has been a sad failure.
Harry Leslie Smith will no longer allow his obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror
Britain’s dominant historical narrative is one of victory and pseudo-remembrance in a country that has never stopped using military force abroad and often prides itself on its willingness to do so.