Passchendaele survivor says Ive never got over it -update

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by oldbaldy, Jul 12, 2007.

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  1. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    I salute you sir.

    Edit to add link to Queens visit to Tyne Cott:
  2. Agreed oldbaldy. Harry Patch is a remarkable man. We should remember him and ever other soldier, sailor and airman from WW1. We should never forget the hell they endured especially in France and Flanders.
    'At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.'
  3. We WILL remember them.
  4. If you can visit London, the CWGC exhibition of war memorial photographs is at Canada House on Trafalgar Square. The photographs were taken for a book that commemorates the 90th anniversary of the formation of the CWGC.


    The exhibition was due to finish this week, but has been extended until 31 Aug.

    Canada House

    Very moving.

    A lot of dust around Trafalgar Square at the moment....

  5. Why has MR Patch not been given a knighthood or an MBE or some such award as recognition for his service and those of his Generation. Would David Beckham get one if he served in Iraq for instance. My G Grandfather was at Paschaendale He diied aged 96 he left his best mate on the Somme, he never got over it either.

    God bless them all.
  6. engr172

    engr172 Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    I salute you Mr Patch
  7. Yep,

    Some of it has just blown through my office window...


    Such vivid recollection, but not surprising, given what he went through.

    A salute from me too.
  8. You may find he would be uncomfortable in accepting such an individual accolade; I recall some of his generation recording in books and TV documentaries that they are just glad to have gone on to live a full life when so many of their comrades didn't have the opportunity. Recognition for them all is utterly essential though, each and every one of us has the moral duty to never forget.

  9. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    My grandfather left an eye there. The only thing he ever said about it was that he was lucky that was all he left behind.

    Still managed to serve as a fire warden at a local airfield in the second conflict though!
  10. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    [align=center]Memorial Tablet

    Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
    (Under Lord Derby's scheme). I died in hell -

    (They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
    And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
    Burst slick upon the duckboards: so I fell
    Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light

    At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
    He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare;
    For, though low down upon the list, I'm there;
    "In proud and glorious memory" ... that's my due.
    Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
    I suffered anguish that he's never guessed.
    I came home on leave: and then went west...
    What greater glory could a man desire?

    - Siegfried Sassoon 1918[/align]
  11. I think i've got something in my eye.
  12. Once more in tears about the millions of wasted and damaged lives...

    [align=center]The Soldier

    If I should die, think only this of me:
    That there's some corner of a foreign field
    That is for ever England. There shall be
    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
    A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
    A body of England's, breathing English air,
    Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

    And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
    A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
    Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
    Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
    In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
    [align=center]~ Rupert Brooke [/align]

    For Great-Great-Uncle James and all the others who never made it back...

  13. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    I often think of them sitting up on a cloud, looking down at this country as it is now, shaking their heads and saying 'we lived like that, suffered like that and died like that, so they could do THIS to our country'.

    They gave everything to give us a future, and what have we done with it?

  14. Couldnt agree more, poor sods must be thinking that, they are only a few generations away from us aswell.

    Im proud of the boys that do the job in the army, boys of 18 are still prepared to go to danger zones and do what they are paid to do.

    Apart from that, i cant really say Im proud to be British anymore. How can I be, weve been raped up the arrse by a goverment that doesnt actually care about anyone but themselves.
  15. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    In my case it's only two generations - paternal grandfather and maternal great uncle were in that war. Maternal grandfather missed it by two years.

    Have to agree with your other sentiments, except I think Governments have been behaving badly for at many years, but the destruction of our country has been accelerated over the last 25 years.

    Politicians of all colours are greedy b@stards who will do anything for the person who gives them the most money, regardless of the longterm effect of their laws. And most of them are too stupid to realise that effects have causes, and they might be creating effects that last more than the time it takes to spend their next paycheque / bribe.