Monday, 11 November 2013

We Will Remember Them

November 11th 1918 - Armistace Day. The end of the 1st World War and presumedly the War to end all Wars!

No matter what your religion, colour or political opinions are, on this day extra thought should be given to the countless numbers of men and woman of the Armed Services that have paid the ultimate sacrifice over the years in numerous conflicts.

We show our respect by wearing a Red Poppy during this time and I also wish to use the Blogging Media to remember various members of my family who have served and died during the World Wars.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Stephen Coyne Royal Air Force WW2 
  620 Sqn
Age: 19
Date of Death: 28/08/1943 - Shot down over Germany.
Thomas Fazackerley Kings Liverpool Regiment WW1

7th Bn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 16/07/1916 - Killed in Action in the Trenches
 George Peckham (KLR, KSLI) Royal Engineers
Had a weird service in WW1 then Missing believed Killied in Russia, fighting for the White Russians.
I have personally service in both the British Army and Royal Air Force for over 20 years serving in both Gulf Wars, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia and various other trouble spots around the world, and I am extreamly proud to carry on the Military heritage that so many of my ancestors have set forth before me.