In honor of Veterans Day in America and what the British call Remembrance Day, here’s an article honoring the Bantam Battalion, a group of over 50,000 British and Canadian soldiers under 5 feet 3 inches who fought in the trenches during World War I.
When the war broke out, the article reports, the British Army restricted entry to men over 5 feet 3 inches tall, turning away thousands of short men anxious to fight for their country.
A quote from a a 5 ft. 2 ins. coal-heaver from North Lambeth:
“They didn’t even let me inside. They said, ‘get away home titch’.” [...]