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  1. To my grand-uncle, a CPO on a RN submarine, who was torpedoed, sunk, and captured by the Japanese during the last war. He was imprisoned in Burma and worked on the infamous railway. He was, not surprisnigly, never the same again.

    My thanks go to him for giving of his tomorrows so that I would have a today.
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    My Grandfather Pilot Officer James Armitage Rinder. wireless op 415 sqn RCAF KIA 05-01-45.
    Never met forever missed, Tim your grandson.
  3. To all those who never got through......

    Bydand Forever!
  4. To all those who served or are serving. We owe you all a debt that can never be repayed. My thanks and best wishes.
  5. To my grandfather, great uncle and great grand father who fought in ww2 and ww1 repsectively in the RAF and RHA.

    Thanks for your saccrifice.

    agent smith :wink:
  6. My great great grandfather Sgt Weyland MM who was a sniper and one of the first tankies in WW I and my grandfather Byers who was in the RAF airfield construction units as an engineer during WW II. I can't help thinking they acheived more to secure a decent future in their few years service than I, or many other who served after these horrible events did over greater periods of time.
  7. Words say nothing of the debt I feel I owe to the men who have died for this country, and the worlds safety. the greatest teacher I have known was my Grandfather (RA 56 Heavy Rgt) he taught me so much from a man who had seen so much.

    I give my thoughts to all the families of those that have given the greatest sacrifice a person can give, there life, and this may not always be in body it can be in spirit too,

    my thoughts are with the men of all Countries of all Arms that have given there all to their homeland.

    to the Countless dead from the first and second world wars, to the men from the Forgotten War(s). the men of the Falklands and the 74 Service personnel who have died in Iraq our thoughts with all there families.

    "they Shall Not grow old"
  8. To my Grandfather, gassed on the Somme, my Father, WW2 & Suez, my Uncle, killed at Dunkirk and to Stephen McKinney, a fine young soldier and great friend murdered by the IRA. Also to the memory of all who gave their lives for us.
  9. Casualty: Private G KAY, 39714
    Served With: 4th Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
    Also Served With: transf. to (390158) 15th Coy. Labour Corps
    Died: 25th May 1918
    Somme, France
    Grave Reference: Plot III. Row A. Grave 19.

    Found the info above when my mum passed away. My Great-Grandfather. I was able to put a family name to others I thought of and paid respects to today.

    Now looking into sorting out a visit as I am sure I will be the first in the family to go and pay their respects. Hopefully not the last.

    Very reflective today.
  10. HAVE you forgotten yet?...
    For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
    Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
    And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
    Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
    Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
    But the past is just the same-and War's a bloody game...
    Have you forgotten yet?...
    Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.

    Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
    The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
    Do you remember the rats; and the stench
    Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench-
    And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
    Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

    Do you remember that hour of din before the attack--
    And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
    As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
    Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
    With dying eyes and lolling heads-those ashen-grey
    Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

    Have you forgotten yet?...
    Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.

    Siegfried Sassoon, 1920
  11. My grandfather, MSgt Albert M Fox USAF. Fought in World War Two.

    "When you go home,
    Tell them of us and say,
    For their tomorrow,
    We gave our today."
  12. To my Granddad Thomas Metcalf, who I never met, Manchester Regiment, WW1 - gassed, survived and re-enlisted Liverpool regiment.

    To my Dad, Alan Metcalf, RASC & RCT 27 years boy and man injured on active service, survived to die a slow painful death at the hands of cancer.

    To all those not fortunate enough to survive...
  13. To both my grandfathers. Paternal, who had his rank attached by the WW1 equivalent of velcro and an MM that wasn't. Maternal who taught me of the sea. And to my father, injured in WW2, still kicking around, still not talking about it.

    Words cannot describe the debt we owe.
  14. to my grandfather , Frank Cox , who served on the russian convoys , and the relief of malta , and still tells a damn fine war story over a dram.

    my great grandfather John Mcneill , who fought at gallipoli , with the highland light infantry , and later died of his wounds recieved there.

    and to all the people who rest with no known grave , or people to mourn them.

    you WILL be remembered.
  15. For my 3 great uncles lost at the Somme, Le Cateau, and Ypres.

    To other relatives lost with the BEF at Dunkirk, D Day and the breakout.

    My Father (Malaya, Korea and Suez) who is still hanging on in there despite poor health.

    Your sacrifice is humbling and will be honoured