Funeral Poem

Discussion in 'Poetry Corner' started by Moon_Monkey_Spunk, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. Gents,
    My Grandad past away last night and I want to read a poem at his funeral as he was a WW2 Soldier, I remember seeing one called "Stand-down soldier" but I've spent far too long tonight trying to find it on arrse. Could a fellow arrser Pse paste a link or offer a poem that would suit.

  2. condolences moonmonkey
  3. Forces Poems

    Hope this is helpful to you.

    Condolences M_M_S

  4. Thankyou all for your help, I was looking for Standown Soldier but I found this one with your help. I'm looking forward to toasting my grandad and wearing my uniform and his medals with pride, this is the one I've chose.


    Why do you do it grandad? When you know it upsets you so

    Every year you march in London, tell me why do you need to go?

    You stand in the cold for hours just waiting for your turn

    When you march past with the others tell me why do you look so stern?

    I remember asking you these questions last year in the November

    All you said to me was, it’s a time for us all to remember

    You told me I was too young to know of the horrors of war

    You then wrapped up your medals and put them back in the drawer

    When you passed away last year I got your medals out

    I did a bit of checking and now know what you were on about

    Although I have never fought and hope I never will

    I can now understand why for 2 minutes everyone stands still

    Don’t worry grandad I promise you I will wrap up warm

    When early in the morning 3 ranks we will form

    I will wear your medals with pride all shiny on my chest

    When I march, I will remember, you, and all the rest

    Peter Southern

    Thanks again for all your help.
  5. Sincere Condolences mate. The poem is beautiful and made my eyes quiet wet, your Grandad will be proud of you. Well done.
  6. Excellent choice mate.

    I'm sure if you delete:

    'When you passed away last year I got your medals out'

    And insert:

    'Now you have passed away I got your medals out'

    Peter Southern will forgive you.
  7. Excellent Choice my friend I'm sure he would have been proud

    Sincere Condolances
  8. Your a braver man than me MMS.....I would never get to the end of that verse.....Good Luck

    Stand Easy Grandad. RIP
  9. Thankyou all, thats going to be the hardest part, getting to the bloody end without loosing it! My grandad would be telling me to stop being a fairy and get on with it, thats what will get me through!

  10. stand easy grandad
  11. Sorry to hear of your loss.

    But old soldiers never really die, and I am sure he will live on in your memory until you join him on the final reorg!

  12. Was very touched that you used my poem at your Grandad's funeral.
    hope it was a fitting tribute to the old soldier

    Best Regards

    Peter Southern
  13. Condolences and very nicely done on that poem. He would have been very proud of you.

  14. My condolences Mate