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Guinevere Report 10 Nov 2005 06:53

Two Sides of War (All Wars)

'All wars are planned by older men
In council rooms apart,
Who call for greater armament
And map the battle chart.

But out along the shattered field
Where golden dreams turn gray,
How very young the faces were
Where all the dead men lay.

Portly and solemn in their pride,
The elders cast their vote
For this or that, or something else,
That sounds the martial note.

But where their sightless eyes stare out
Beyond life's vanished toys,
I've noticed nearly all the dead
Were hardly more than boys.'

~Grantland Rice


DAVE B Report 10 Nov 2005 07:01

My Great Grandfather William Moran killed in action at the battle of the Somme on August 16th 1916. Davex


Jill Report 10 Nov 2005 09:09

To all that lost their lives, so that we could have a future. To those that did not lose their life but are still suffering mentally or physically or both. To the many families that suffered as a consequence. I will be thinking of them all. Jill xx

~♥ Daisy ♥~

~♥ Daisy ♥~ Report 10 Nov 2005 09:15

With deepest respect and gratitude. Sue


JoyDean Report 10 Nov 2005 09:37

Great-uncle Dick: Pte Arthur George Harrison, MGC killed in action 20 May 1918 commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. ..................................................................... Joy


Dianne Report 10 Nov 2005 10:11

Grandad Thomas Edwin Goldstraw - Royal Welch Fusiliers Great Grandad Frederick Martyn Saunders - Sherwood Foresters Great Uncle Alfred Saunders - Royal Navy Not forgetting all the men who served and gave of themselves for our peace and freedom. God Bless you all.

*ღ*Dee in Bexleyheath*ღ*

*ღ*Dee in Bexleyheath*ღ* Report 10 Nov 2005 18:58

In memory of my Great Uncle Private Frederick George FRESHWATER 49th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps who died on Friday, 11 October 1918 aged 19, killed by a sniper's bullet in France. Uncle Fred, With thanks to you and your comrades for the sacrifices you made to ensure that England remained a beautiful and free land. Your memory lives on in the family. Dee x


JoyDean Report 10 Nov 2005 21:33

Some information about Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army- who wrote ''In Flanders Fields'' IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915. Here is the story of the making of that poem: Although he had been a doctor for years and had served in the South African War, it was impossible to get used to the suffering, the screams, and the blood here, and Major John McCrae had seen and heard enough in his dressing station to last him a lifetime. As a surgeon attached to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Major McCrae, who had joined the McGill faculty in 1900 after graduating from the University of Toronto, had spent seventeen days treating injured men -- Canadians, British, Indians, French, and Germans -- in the Ypres salient. It had been an ordeal that he had hardly thought possible. McCrae later wrote of it: 'I wish I could embody on paper some of the varied sensations of that seventeen days... Seventeen days of Hades! At the end of the first day if anyone had told us we had to spend seventeen days there, we would have folded our hands and said it could not have been done.' One death particularly affected McCrae. A young friend and former student, Lieut. Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, had been killed by a shell burst on 2 May 1915. Lieutenant Helmer was buried later that day in the little cemetery outside McCrae's dressing station, and McCrae had performed the funeral ceremony in the absence of the chaplain. The next day, sitting on the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Canal de l'Yser, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, McCrae vented his anguish by composing a poem. The major was no stranger to writing, having authored several medical texts besides dabbling in poetry. In the nearby cemetery, McCrae could see the wild poppies that sprang up in the ditches in that part of Europe, and he spent twenty minutes of precious rest time scribbling fifteen lines of verse in a notebook. A young soldier watched him write it. Cyril Allinson, a twenty-two year old sergeant-major, was delivering mail that day when he spotted McCrae. The major looked up as Allinson approached, then went on writing while the sergeant-major stood there quietly. 'His face was very tired but calm as we wrote,' Allinson recalled. 'He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer's grave.' When McCrae finished five minutes later, he took his mail from Allinson and, without saying a word, handed his pad to the young NCO. Allinson was moved by what he read: 'The poem was exactly an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene.' In fact, it was very nearly not published. Dissatisfied with it, McCrae tossed the poem away, but a fellow officer retrieved it and sent it to newspapers in England. The Spectator, in London, rejected it, but Punch published it on 8 December 1915.


Sue Report 10 Nov 2005 22:12

My husband's grandfather, Joseph Spiller Seldon MM, 2nd Bttn Devonshire Regt, died 24 April 1918, Somme, aged 32, leaving a young widow with two small boys aged 6 and 4. His half brother, John Boutcher Seldon, 1st Bttn Royal Welsh Fusiliers died 20 October 1914 aged 20 and commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial. My great uncle Edward Charles Lloyd Key MM and Bar, 15th Bttn Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regt, died 28 September 1918 aged 20. Also both my grandfathers, William Roy Kilpatrick, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and Harry G Tivers, who thankfully came home. My Dad's best friend, Flight Sargeant William (Lindy) Linwood, Royal Canadian Air Force, shot down 30 June 1942 aged 20 and commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Lest we forget. Sue xx


John Report 10 Nov 2005 22:14

Killed in World War I Brothers (my great-uncles) Private Frederick Rolland Billing, No 2 Company, NZ Machine Gun Corps 16 November 1916 aged 20 - France. Lance Corporal Ernest Alfred Billing, 1st Bn., Wellington Regiment, NZEF 12 April 1918 aged 27 - France. Their brother-in-law (a great-uncle) Private Harold Smith, 2nd Bn, Otago Regiment, NZEF 24 December 1917 aged 21 - Belgium. Killed in World War II (mother's cousin) Warrant Officer Ronald Gordon Dawson 141 (RAF) Sqdn, RNZAF 19 April 1945 aged 24 - Germany LEST WE FORGET


Debby Report 10 Nov 2005 22:17

My great uncle Elijah James Baber 07/07/1917 in France My aunts first husband Rowland Totham 17/05/1945 in Singapore and to all who gave their lives.

Fi aka Wheelie Spice

Fi aka Wheelie Spice Report 10 Nov 2005 22:25

I would like to remember and give special thanks to my Great Grandfather Arthur Curzon Howe who fought and survived the Boer War and WW1. I have gained alot of info about his life and for this I am truly grateful. RIP Great Grandad Howe (6/4/1880 - 15/6/1938)! Luv Fi


Keith Report 10 Nov 2005 22:32

13021501 Pte James Stanley RHODES Royal Berkshire Regiment, died aged 28 on 26 Apr 44 at Kohima where he rests. He never returned with the doll he had promised Cynthia. Here dead we lie, because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life to be sure is nothing much to lose, but young men think it is, and we were young.


~ Report 11 Nov 2005 00:04

Remembering the following : My Uncle Frank William Poyner - Armed Forces - Burma WW2 Passed away 11th November 1978 aged 63. My Great Uncle Charles Christopher Hood Lance Corporal 17785 Died 05/12/1917 aged 33 (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry United Kingdom) Buried France P. V. I. 7A. ST. SEVER CEMETERY . Charles Struggles of Sheffield born 1885 Private 202317 Died 03/05/1917 aged 32 (King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry United Kingdom) Buried CROISILLES BRITISH CEMETERY And all Men Women and children who have died in the World's conflicts. God bless you all David.

The Bag

The Bag Report 11 Nov 2005 00:11

remembering those that gave their lives, and those left behind with nothing but memories. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we WILL remember them

Kaz in a Tizz

Kaz in a Tizz Report 11 Nov 2005 00:18

I cannot ever begin to imagine the horrors many of these men witnessed/endured, we owe them so much!


Jane Report 11 Nov 2005 00:24

My Dear Dad,Under age in 1916, Gassed three times in ww1 ,bayoneted and blinded for 3 months. Joined up over age in 1939 and cooked for 'his Boys' in the R.A Thanks to Our Merchant Navy old boys here who are still suffering from Traumas and ill health from ww11 Jay


Unknown Report 11 Nov 2005 00:27

we must never forget! bryan.


Guinevere Report 11 Nov 2005 06:24

nudge for today Gwynne

Lisa J in California

Lisa J in California Report 11 Nov 2005 08:39

John Allen Ovens RCAF Age 26 Plane reported missing: 7-Nov-1943