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Wear you Poppy
« on: Monday 02 November 09 15:03 GMT (UK) »
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her 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 contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their 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.
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Remembering Edward B Ballard died 10 may 1915 remembered at Ypres Menin Gate memorial panel 22/34
Glos Regt
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1.   The first day of the Battle of The Somme, on July 1, 1916, was the worst slaughter in British military history. German forces who had survived a week-long bombardment in concrete shelters emerged to massacre British and Empire troops walking towards them in parade formations.

More than 19,000 were killed, 35,494 were seriously wounded and a further 2,152 reported missing - most in the first hour. The casualties on Day One were so high they equated to one man killed or wounded for every 18 inches of the 17-mile front line.
2.   Nearly nine million men and women from the British Empire were mobilised during the 1914-1918 war. They stood a one-in-three chance of becoming a casualty, as 908,371 were killed and 2,090,212 were wounded and 191,652 were taken prisoner or listed as missing.
3.   The youngest British Army casualty of the First World War - John Condon, from Waterford City, Ireland - was only 13 when he died on the fields of Flanders in 1915. He told a recruiting officer he was 18.
4.   The memorial at Thiepval, France, contains the names of 73,367 British and Commonwealth soldiers. It lists only those whose remains were never found.
5.   In World War Two, more than 400,000 British and Commonwealth military personnel were killed.
6.   More than 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe between 1939 and 1945. Fighter aircraft crew stood a one-in-four chance of being killed or captured. The crew of medium bombers had a 50% chance of surviving their tour of 50 missions. More than 71% of heavy bomber crews were lost.
7.   The youngest casualty of the Second World War was merchant seaman Raymond Victor Steed, 14, a galley boy from the SS Empire Morn, killed when it hit a mine in 1943. In the six years of conflict, 2,500 British ships were lost and 32,000 British merchant seamen were killed.
8.   More than 12,000 British servicemen and women have been killed or injured on active service since 1945 in conflicts up to the present day, including Bosnia, the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Gulf.
9.   There has only been one year (1968) since the Second World War when a British serviceman has not been killed on active duty.
10.   The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. It has been bestowed 1,355 times since 1854, most recently to Pte Johnson Beharry, 26, for his extreme bravery under fire in Iraq.
11.   Remembrance Day not only honours those killed in war, but also raises funds to help those wounded in action, old soldiers who suffer problems in later life, plus the dependants - the widows and children - left behind when a serviceman or woman is killed.
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