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 Post subject: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:09 am 
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I have been lucky enough to receive 1 of the 10,000 tickets, allocated to the public to go to the Cenotaph on Sunday. I was not in the services, but grew up in Cheriton very close to Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone. The army camp was not sealed off in the 70’s, and as Children were often chased off the assault course by the Military police. But not only that. A lot of our troops sailed from Folkestone harbour to fight in the Great War, never to return. I’m proud to say that Folkestone harbour has this year been restored, along with the Train station that the troops embarked from. No trains go into Folkestone harbour any more, but the line has been opened so people can walk into the harbour and train station. There are cafes and bars and really is lovely on a summers evening.
Anyway, I’m going to London to pay my respects and say thank you. The reason why? Because I want to. And as a child I visited the military cemetery at Shorncliffe. And still do, when I’m in the area. It had a profound effect on me all those years ago and still does.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:21 am 
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Not going anywhere special for Remembrance Sunday, but I will be privately remembering my paternal granddad and maternal great granddad who between them were at the Somme, Ypres and Passcheandale, and Uncle Bob who was tortured by the Japanese in WW2


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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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Father in law was a Commander in the Royal Navy and my kids get involved through Scouts and Guides. Too wet to be standing around watching a procession so I am riding off to Newhaven Fort where they have a rememberance event for bikers :D

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:20 am 
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Yesterday, wife was at the unveiling of a memorial to former players of Southampton FC who died in WW1. One of whom was her great uncle. She has just left to go to one of our local churches to take the Rembrance Day service as a lay reader in charge. We have no available clergy in the parish.

I will be continuing the task of clearing the garage ready for the demolition gang to arrive tomorrow or Tuesday.

I was at the NEC yesterday and was surprised how few people were wearing poppies.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:37 am 
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I went with my younger daughter (10) who was singing in the school choir Remembrance Concert (both WW1 and RAF100) last night.

4 hours in St Remigius church for rehearsal and concert.

I'm lucky that my grandfather made it through both the 1st and 2nd World Wars (Navy). Father will be wearing his medals along with his own as he reads the names from the war memorial in church today.

We also have my fathers uncle at Thiepval Memorial, Robert Wright, my father is named after him and my wife's great uncle at the Menin Gate, Thomas William Robinson.


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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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We're going to our local Parish Church.

I would have liked to have visited one of the beach memorials that have been created but I think our location means the tide will beat us to any of them. The website is so popular it keeps crashing this morning. I think it's a very fitting memorial.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:32 am 
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The inimitable Mr Kilminster wrote a wonderful elegy to the dead...

1916

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Sixteen years old when I went to the war,
To fight for a land fit for heroes,
God on my side, and a gun in my hand,
Chasing my days down to zero,
And I marched and I fought and I bled and I died,
And I never did get any older,
But I knew at the time that a year in the line,
Was a long enough life for a soldier,
We all volunteered, and we wrote down our names,
And we added two years to our ages,
Eager for life and ahead of the game,
Ready for history's pages,
And we brawled and we fought and we whored 'til we stood,
Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder,
A thirst for the Hun, we were food for the gun,
And that's what you are when you're soldiers,
I heard my friend cry, and he sank to his knees,
Coughing blood as he screamed for his mother,
And I fell by his side, and that's how we died,
Clinging like kids to each other,
And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood,
And I wept as his body grew colder,
And I called for my mother and she never came,
Though it wasn't my fault and I wasn't to blame,
The day not half over and ten thousand slain,
And now there's nobody remembers our names
And that's how it is for a soldier

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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I like to remember Kipling's Tommy on days like today. It would not hurt some politicians to remember it either.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:58 pm 
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On this day as well as remembering those lost in past conflicts, I spend time remembering ''all'' those I served with who have Crossed the Bar.

RIP Shipmates.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:34 pm 
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they closed half our town market hill
and hung poppies all down the side of the church so many millions of photos being taken all week by folk standing in the road backwards

the big horsey left some steamy nuggets for me roses

there is a guy sleeping rough near me hes ex forces he has some problems and some
i took him some roast beef yorkies a choccy pud and a flask full of soup and a little bottle of brandy
and a waterproof tarp with some strong chord and 2 sleeping bags you can zip together into a massive one and a big pillow and a coat
he had a little cry coz i was nice to him bless him
i said shut up i feel bad sleeping in me bed knowing your in the hedge
he wouldnt take any money dont want folk to think hes a freeloader

my bro was off his nut when he came back from both his tours took ages for him to get back to his normal self

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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scanditurbo wrote:
they closed half our town market hill
and hung poppies all down the side of the church so many millions of photos being taken all week by folk standing in the road backwards

the big horsey left some steamy nuggets for me roses

there is a guy sleeping rough near me hes ex forces he has some problems and some
i took him some roast beef yorkies a choccy pud and a flask full of soup and a little bottle of brandy
and a waterproof tarp with some strong chord and 2 sleeping bags you can zip together into a massive one and a big pillow and a coat
he had a little cry coz i was nice to him bless him
i said shut up i feel bad sleeping in me bed knowing your in the hedge
he wouldnt take any money dont want folk to think hes a freeloader

my bro was off his nut when he came back from both his tours took ages for him to get back to his normal self

Well done mate what a decent gesture.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:25 pm 
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im a sucker for helping down on there luck bods especially ex forces i used to feed all the embankment homeless when i worked at a law firm in fleet street
about 50 percent was ex forces i reckon
good karma the lawyers did there thing but after much arguing from me with said lawyers
they agreed to let me give there perfect lawyer grade food to the homeless folks rather than it go down a waste disposal every day about 1000 quids worth easy
leiths company eg pru leith off bake off

weve all got too much food heat stuff money carp give someone with sod all something tomorrow if you can
i never give money away always something of actual value
a chat to a homeless folk means the world there not all scary some are after a drinky or 20
if i werent pickle with arthritus in me wrists fingers id be feeding the homeless but i cant lift owt heavy really without being in agony

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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scanditurbo wrote:
weve all got too much food heat stuff money carp give someone with sod all something tomorrow if you can
i never give money away always something of actual value
a chat to a homeless folk means the world there not all scary some are after a drinky or 20
if i werent pickle with arthritus in me wrists fingers id be feeding the homeless but i cant lift owt heavy really without being in agony


You have a good soul Dave :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:58 am 
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oh you believe me this time then chris :D :D
yeah i had a really carp childhood nearly all my family are total evil sods to be polite so i help people as it makes me feel human ish feeling hurts but its worth it trust me i think maybe
yeah im deep man proper deep i iz
i can just see into your soul man i know how you feel before you tell me mostly lies told by folk who aint happy bunnies mostly
i aint got sod all else i hate money route of most evil so a half decent soul does ok for me i cant believe how little help most folk give out to the world shamefull really when you think about it

its amazing how many folk you try and help and they just wont cant let it happen mostly long term drinker blokes
then they are horrible to you
never keep fighting them just do one plenty other folk need help and will maybe appreciate it maybe you never know till after unfortunately
my pet hate is help someone then get it thrown back in your face by them acting like a very rude word here please

my proudest moment i think is physically stopping a guy doing the worse thing he could do to himself with a big kitchen shiny thing
then i got rollocked and not allowed to help anymore as i broke the rules by saving his life and putting mine into peril
how could anyone with a heart just let him do it and watch then say ah maybe i should of helped him maybe oh well i didnt
i did get a cut hand but hey small price hes married with a kid now as i got a humbug card off him last year with a letter that made me cry for ages when reading it

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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Keep on keepin on brother man, good on ya

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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cheers i shall wouldnt of took you for a Tech N9ne fan :D

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:48 am 
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I'm lucky that my grandfather made it through both the 1st and 2nd World Wars (Navy)


Both sides of my parents families were "thankful" (in the immediate family at least).

My grandad (mothers father) was reserved occupation, and spent the war building Lancasters at AV Rowe at Yeadon.
My great grandad (mother's grandfather) was in the trenches, but transfered to the RFC as a fitter as he was a carpenter by trade.

My great grandpa (dad's grandfather) was career Navy. Served at Jutland in the first war, then on an auxilliary on the route from UK to Iceland in the second. After serving in the first war, he made sure his son's had reserved occupations for the second, with my grandpa building aero engines.
Great grandpa's brother was a dispatch rider in the BEF. Served the whole war going between front lines and reserve trenches, and the generals at the back. Won a medal for bravery with Oakleaf clusters for his troubles.

My grandma (mothers mother) lost a cousin in a Mosquito. He was in a pathfinder squadron but crashed into a wood just short of the airfield on the way home one morning. He won a medal for bravery for rescuing a pilot from a burning plane.
My grandad (mothers father) lost a relative (uncle i think) in a Lancaster over Belgium. Don't know too much about that though.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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I don't have any records of any of my immediate family having been lost in the wars. Able to run too fast, I guess.

Didn't go to an 11/11 ceremony having had a very stressy 10/11 evening at a local village hall where OH and I were performing in a village remembrance performance, with readings and tableaux.
Local choir group did some WW1 medleys, and we performed "Silent Night/Stille Nacht" from opposite ends of the hall, joining together for the last verse and swapping languages, plus a rendition of "Home Lads, Home" (a very emotional number - nice version here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=986r8SqtaGw) and I led the crowd for "Goodbye-ee" and "Sister Suzie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers" which our pianist gradually sped up towards the end so I nearly blacked out with oxygen starvation.
After that, I felt we could be let off standing in the rain the next day.

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I sat at home and quietly reflected, I gave thanks for all who did what they did, often being faced with unfair situations as not much more than children themselves.


This year was the first without my grandfather around, he always had an anecdote of what he and his friends got up to socially during the second World War, but he was much more reluctant about the accounts of the gritty stuff. However there was one afternoon over a few malts where he did mention quite a few hair raising events. He never batted an eyelid, bar one, and even 70 years on still got misty eyed for his mates who weren't quite so lucky.

My other grandfather also had his share being based on Malta for the duration, unfortunately he passed away away many years ago before I was old enough to appreciate such things.

One diary my father has is from an uncle or great uncle of his, and finishes sometime in June 1916, they are resting peacefully at an unknown place in Northern France.


There but for the grace of God we go.

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 Post subject: Re: Remembrance Sunday
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McVities wrote:
I sat at home and quietly reflected,


Me too. I didn't specifically set time aside to do so, just had a few brief moments of thought.
My grandfather fought at the Battle of The Somme and my great uncle was at Arnhem.
This was all back in the day when men were real men even when half of them were still kids .... unlike the snowflake sensitive 'yoof' of today.

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