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« Reply #9 on: Thursday 08 November 07 20:21 GMT (UK) »
That is a lovely poem, J.J.

I know that I have some kin over there who served but haven't yet followed them through, so here's in memory of my Burgess kin.

I didn't know you but you are in my thoughts.

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« Reply #10 on: Thursday 08 November 07 21:06 GMT (UK) »
To All,
What a marvelous thought to remember all.

In memory of my Great Uncle, a Merchant Seaman - Welsh Blood.

The SS Tregenna.
    Picture yourself in a convoy on a wild September day,
    Astern of a ship named Tregenna – just three cables away,
    She’s steaming along at eight knots, with a cargo of steel in the hold,
    Pitching heavy in head seas, into the spray and the cold.

    When all of a sudden a U-boat dodging the escort screen,
    Fired a salvo of tinfish, tracking through fast… unseen,
    This lethal spread of torpedoes became Tregenna`s death knell,
    Just as her bow descended, headlong into the swell.

    It was a fatal plunge that the ship was in,
    Breached below her deck-line, through the plates so thin,
    Her freight stowed heavy and low, beneath an empty space,
    Quickly led to foundering, when water took its place.

    The ocean rushed in so quickly, leaving no time to prepare,
    She dived on her nose and kept going, stern shot high in the air,
    The watch on the bridge jumped clear, perchance or not to drown,
    Only four abandoned her - as the ship went down.

    Now you have the story when in the vessel astern,
    Two minutes it took to reach there, horrified to learn,
    There was no sign of Tregenna - just Atlantic waves,
    Thirty three men within her, bound to deep sea graves.

    Sinkings were so frequent on a convoy’s run,
    But our merchant seamen still defied the Hun,
    One reason why our monument stands there to remember,
    Is for the likes of these men, who died here that September.

J.S.Earl Bristol M.N.A. Nov. `05
 

The list of crewmen who died that day are listed at
http://www.ss-tregenna.co.uk

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« Reply #11 on: Thursday 08 November 07 23:25 GMT (UK) »
Hi, all...anyone who wishes to add a tribute onto this old thread, please do!
     
        Canadian Blood

    This was written by Joe Jerome - My husband's uncle...
     while in hospital in Colechester, Eng. between June and Aug. 1944.

   There were no stars
   to greet us that early morning,
   Just machine gun bullets at dawn.
   Dead and wounded lying on the beaches,
   Canadian blood running red in the sand.

   Grey, cloudy French skies above us,
   Angry Norman seas behind.
   German soldiers “dug in” in front of us,
   Fighting o'er the same foreign land.
   Battleships firing bright off the water,
   Fighter planes high overhead
   Shot and shells screaming in the dawning,
   Canadian blood running red in the sand.

   Braver hearts never left their homeland
   To fight on some far foreign shore.
   Dead and wounded lying on the beaches-
   Canadian blood running red in the sand.

   When the great war of might is over
   And I'm home with my loved ones once more.
   I know I'll never forget that sad dawning
   When Canadian blood ran so red in Norman sands.

   Joe Jerome served with the Regina Rifle Regiment

    Metis Soldier Joe Jerome


re to all Canadian service we will Remember them> most of all on the  11 hour 11 day 11 month and all service personnel from all the wars past and pre we will remember them don't forget the service war family that are left at home ,.
from kev


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« Reply #12 on: Thursday 08 November 07 23:53 GMT (UK) »
Ricky1 has a kind offer on here -

www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,131237.0.html

Very moving poem, J.J.  It's such a sad time of year, isn't it?

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« Reply #13 on: Saturday 17 November 07 04:54 GMT (UK) »
I removed the link from the Resource board, so will add the link to our
WELLINGTON BOMBER ( Canadian Crew ) MF-509 / Nov. 20th 1944
crash on Carreg Goch posting for those who have not read it.....It is a
long read, but worthwhile... J.J.

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,101535.0.html
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« Reply #14 on: Thursday 31 January 08 01:50 GMT (UK) »
My Dtr-in-laws Father & Uncle in Cesena Italy kindly took these photos for me of a cousins grave & the general area which is beautifully looked after. Too many to post here.
Kindly redirected here from a different thread.Thanks J.J.
Chester & W.Derby.Price, Ellerton.
Essex.& Bermondsey - Dansie.
Kent.- Humphrey, Bullen, Clark, Martin, Raynor.
Liverpool,-Mitchell, Rhodes,
Sussex - Tompsett, Tasker, Quinel,
Surrey.-Martin, Lambert, Devall, Phillips, Peters, Fillery, ..Cawley, Ettershank, Strath, Nourse,Tupper.

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« Reply #15 on: Monday 20 October 08 03:57 BST (UK) »
For those of you who are interested there is a new movie called Passchendaele ...Paul Gross writes, produces & stars...I think he even wrote  the song at the end. It certainly has its moments and although he uses his grandfather's name it is only loosely based on his stories as told to Paul...
I went in thinking it would be sappy and mediocre, but it is epic and VERY well acted....The romance has it's rolling eyes moments but for the most part it actually ties in well with the whole story...
and there were few dry eyes in the house...

Warning though...no young ones...not sure how it's rated...but it is extremely graphic in it's depiction of battle scenes....

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« Reply #16 on: Monday 20 October 08 12:36 BST (UK) »
OOh JJ, I told hubby last night I wanted to go and see it, thanks for the review.  A friend of mine is stationed out in Calgargy and was an extra in the movie.

Karen
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« Reply #17 on: Friday 07 November 08 20:16 GMT (UK) »
War Monuments in Canada...this isn't really a resource, so thought I'd add the link to the thread...
http://www.cdli.ca/monuments/

and again, please feel free to add any photos or words of remembrance to the thread...
( your ancestor doesn't need to have been Canadian,ours began life in Scotland after all)


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