Legal responsibility underpins everything our armed forces do. To depart from this is to forget Amritsar and Bloody Sunday

I had very little understanding of events in Northern Ireland while studying for my A-levels at a state grammar school in Guildford in 1972. My subsequent time at Sandhurst left me none the wiser. Entering military academy later that year, I assumed that I was embarking on a well-worn trail in the relationship between ethics and military duty. Of this I was quickly disabused.

A young ‘tom' was a witness, a prosecutor, jury, judge, and if required, executioner, all in a matter of a split second

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