Following in their footsteps

Tomorrow I am setting off for Northern France, to spend a week visiting the memorials, battle sites and graves from the First World War. I have been planning this journey for the better part of a year and I'm hoping that I can fit everything that I've got down on my itinerary in.I'm based just … Continue reading Following in their footsteps

We will remember them

Tomorrow I will be at the cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, to pay my respects to all the soldiers, past and present, who offer their lives in service to their country. However tomorrow I will also be thinking of a particular soldier:Sgt Frederick Neville Woodger, of 3rd South African Infantry Brigade, was killed in action at … Continue reading We will remember them

For the Fallen – My favourite things – 1 of 100 – Poetry

I’m pretty certain that nearly all of you will know the following lines from this poem: 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 morningWe will remember them. Laurence Binyon wrote these words, along with six … Continue reading For the Fallen – My favourite things – 1 of 100 – Poetry

In foreign fields …

... they lie for all eternity; a tribute to the courage of man and a testament to man’s savagery.‘Who were they?’ a young child asks as we stand and stare out over the rows of crosses. ‘Had they done something bad?’The mother shushes her, leading her away from our group and back to the coach, … Continue reading In foreign fields …