I'd like to think I'd have been a conscientious objector in the first lot, but a volunteer in the second.
But that's romantic bullshit and hindsight is a wonderful thing.
My dad was involved in Norway, Burma & India during WW2, ending up as an artillery officer on 25 pounders attached to the Indian Army.
He was a lifelong socialist and his experiences convinced him of the futility of war and the non-existance of a god.
However, he was very vocal regarding the pressures on young people to join up pre 1939.
He was in the Territorials before the war - 'a logical extention of the Scouts for a Grammar School boy with an interest in the outdoors'.
He and his friends were brought up on the romantic war stories of previous generations and had little idea of the horror awaiting them.
We know more about the experiences of those in the trenches during WW1 than their children did.
He refused to go to Korea, despite a nicely worded invite from HM Govt.
He always maintained that television was a wonderful invention because, unlike the photography pioneered in the Boer War, it was truly democratic & enabled people to genuinely see the horrors of war and understand the propoganda for the crock of shite it was and still is.
Anyway, sorry for the long post.
It seemed relevant when I started it.