Swordman 1941.......1944

I would like to offer to buy you a pint or two, not too far from where you are, my young brother in law runs a pub in Wareham..You would be most welcomed
 

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"Freedoms Bells".
Normandy. 6th of June. 1944
Hermanville sur mer Church.
The broken Church Bells rang out on D. Day.
The first joyous Bells of freedom to ring out
in France since the Nazi occupation.

Veterans! Now that we are old and frail.
Our gift of Freedom, still prevails.
On Englands green and pleasant land
No foreign troops have laid their hand
Listen! Hear the Bells of Hermanville?
We who fought there, hear them still.

Across the years, our memories saved.
Of fine young men, who's lives they gave.
No song of lark, there, in darkened sky.
In front of Caen, we all came to die.
In high golden corn, our wounded fell.
Then burned to death, for Freedoms Bell.

Pegasus Bridge, came under fierce attack.
Our friends are dead, No! don't look back.
Listen? Is that the English Bells we hear?
From across the sea, to drown our fear?
For Mother Earth claims those that fall.
With soft Norman earth, to cover all.


For what lay ahead, fear gripped my soul.
For the guns must be paid, a human toll.
Pounded in our Norman orchard here,
While men went mad, and died from fear.
Tell me? is that the call of Freedoms Bell?
Or is it the harsh strident chimes of Hell?

Time will not heal, the wounds of soul.
Nor still the Bells of Freedoms toll.
For young men that died, are waiting yet.
Across the years, their hands outstretch.
"Forget me not, just speak my name.
And call me back, from where I've lain".

For Freedoms grace, is valiant won.
Fought for, by Brothers, Fathers, Son.
Unfurl the flag, that they died to save.
Then fly it high, and recall the brave.
Now Freedoms Bells, are muted, still.
Our hopes and dreams are not fulfilled.

On darkened, late, Mid-summers night.
With restless dreams, before dawns light.
Familiar faces gather, call my name.
Come! for Freedoms Bell, lets fight again!
Then into battle, with troubled dreams.
Watch men die, scream, curse, blaspheme

For we, who are old, the guns still roar.
And long forgotten, young voices call.
Searching mortars, for humans seek.
To maim and kill, and wounding's wreak.
Hear the screams of men, in mortal pain?
Are those the Bells? That dread refrain?

How short the Countries memory yet.
"You who fought, we'll not pay the debt.
Your dream of England, we still rebuff
Your life of pain, is still not enough.
The sacrifice paid, that we might thrive.
"Good Lord man! Why? You are still alive"!

Now, Freedoms Bells no longer ring.
The debts not paid, and greed is King.
We, still live the years of mighty deeds.
And grieve for our fallen, our wounded bleed.
Who will ring the Bell of Freedoms song?
When we are gone? When we are gone?

Brian Guy.
Sapper! Veteran! Old Buffer!
246 Assault and Field Company R.E. Eighth Brigade.
Third British Infantry Division. Monties Ironsides!
 
Next stop 100, or alternatively Saint Peter and the beautiful pristine white wings he got ready for me in August 1944.
What a tragic loss that would be, one of far too few remaining of this country's greatest men (not a joke or sycophancy).
Blokes of your generation tend to hang on a fair while...too tight to pay the boatman!
Happy belated birthday
 
Belated happy birthday, Brian (I'm in the Philippines at the moment and only get internet access irregularly).
 

swordman

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Hi Folks I lost my wonderful plant and am trying to replace it. It is rare and quite beautiful Nerium Oleander Rosee du Ventoux, or also known as Mrs Roeding. its a double flowered peach and scented.Ant one knows where it ca be found let me know
Brian
 
Hi Folks I lost my wonderful plant and am trying to replace it. It is rare and quite beautiful Nerium Oleander Rosee du Ventoux, or also known as Mrs Roeding. its a double flowered peach and scented.Ant one knows where it ca be found let me know
Brian
Very belated birthday greetings.
 
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Hi Folks I lost my wonderful plant and am trying to replace it. It is rare and quite beautiful Nerium Oleander Rosee du Ventoux, or also known as Mrs Roeding. its a double flowered peach and scented.Ant one knows where it ca be found let me know
Brian
http://www.gardens4you.co.uk/index.php?/Shrubs-and-Bushes/Nerium-Oleander&gclid=CLP4qvrhzcUCFdLLtAodIxIAbg


did a quick google. Disclaimer: my extensive knowledge of plants begins and ends with crop genetics and doesn't progress very far in that field. if by peach you mean colour then i couldn't find one specifically. Might be a very rare mutation.

edit: amazon link removed cos i couldn't get it working innit.
 

swordman

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The oleander is quite rare. Not likely to find one in this Country..But you never know.
Did I tell you?The local l paper the Purbeck Gazette i organizing a 6th of June D day celebration at Leeson house. Swanage. Dorset I hope to be there. They say they will get me there and back Cheers Folks.....Best wishes to all.Thanks for all the birthday wishes I hope to see the next one... then another ...then another.....
Brian
 

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From Normandy to Holland with Sapper Brian.... Cameos of War is the real story of June 1944.. The book cost £11 all in. Proceeds to BLESMA and Julia's House for little children.Only nine copies left......PM me.
 
I have just had my copy returned to me by my nephew ( thought it an appropriate time to lend it to him ) the comment he made was " its not a history book, more frightening than that, a real insight "
WW
 

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Hi WW Thanks mate. Hope you are well.
Big do at Leeson House Langton Matravers.
yesterday
the 71 anniversary of D Day very well supported. for all the old Vets... And some very tired ones there were after.
Wish you well WW, take care.
Brian
 

swordman

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In a few days ,the Oleander plant that "the Visitor" gave me as a gift from Germany will start to flower. When that happens, I will post a picture of this rare and quite beautiful plant here on this site
 

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