In ww1 the soldiers had to carry up to 65k per day. All that equiptment was very heavy.Think of all that stuff such as a gun,pillow,blanket,medals and a form to say what the attacks are and when.
Some soldiers left their stuff in their hatch where they slept. Who knows it could get stolen while they were out… If they got killed a friend would take their stuff and give it to that man’s family as a symbole of rememberance. Some ordinary people lied about ttheir age to get into war. Of course they didn’t want to cower in fright.
The youngest soldier to survive was a 14 year old boy when he joined up but after he joined and the war was over he was 18 years old. He was a good liar!!!
My great great great uncle Percy owned a canal in Rugby and he got persuaded by the propaganda to enlist.