John felt proud of his achievements and had even managed to make things good with his brother. Considering him a coward John’s father signed after the third military service was passed in April 1918 (setting the upper age limit at 51). He claimed he was taking John’s place at the front. He lost part of his leg at the Battle of Selle in October. In May 1919 the family were reunited and his father forgave him recognising his son’s commitment. Dundee had many conscientious objectors and similar tales of reconciliation were now more common across the city.