Over Thanksgiving, my grandmother related a story about how her aunt Helena’s mother had run away with the free fair many years ago. The details were foggy, but she was just one of uncounted youth who left home mysteriously and without any clear destination. The story below is my re-interpretation of this event.
Jeremy Irvine, the lead actor in War Horse, contracted trench foot while filming the scenes set at the front lines. Trench foot was first recognized as a unique condition during World War I – affecting soldiers who wore tight fitting uniforms and ill-fitted boots which often were soaked with icy water. Trench foot is painful and dangerous, but only the worst cases (which were often combined with gangrene) lead to amputations.