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11th November 2018

1918 – 2018

 

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    • Margaret Powling

      I watched the 100 year Remembrance Service from the Cenotaph in Whitehall this morning, Ratnamurti, and also the service from Westminster Abbey this evening. It was all very moving. We might forgive but we must never forget.

  1. Thank you Margaret. My grandfather was a machine gunner on the Western Front and was fortunate to survive when so many of his compatriots didn’t. He went AWOL at one time but was taken back. He never spoke of it and remained a very quiet and compassionate man until his death at the age of 85. What horrors they must have endured. Unfortunately we don’t seemed to have learnt any lessons.

    • Margaret Powling

      Your grandfather was a brave man, like so many young men on the Western Front. My late uncle survived with shrapnel wounds and gas burns, but he then lived to a ripe old age but as so many of those who returned, he never spoke about his experience to me except once … he said that once in a trench he found a foot. Just one foot, perfectly formed. I then perfectly understood the term “shot to pieces.” No, we don’t seem to have learned any lessons. The trouble is, there will always be dictators who want to rule the world.

  2. My great grandfather died, aged 39, at Netley Military Hospital in 1917 from injuries received from fighting in the First World War, He left a widow and four sons under the age of 14. In 2014 we searched for and found his grave in the cemetery at Chard in Somerset. It was very moving. My children and I left a wooden cross at Brixham War Memorial with his name on Saturday night. Yesterday at work the two minutes silence was observed impeccably by everyone and I found my eyes overflowing, not crying exactly, but greatly moved.
    I, too, watched the Westminster Abbey service and, later on the Iplayer, I watched the service from the Cenotaph, again both very moving. We must never forget.

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you for sharing the history of your great grandfather, Fiona, and how is widow was left to bring up four sons all under the age of 14. This kind of thing must’ve been replicated all over the country, not to mention the 2 million women left without a hope of every marrying and having children of their own. All so very sad.
      How wonderful that the 2 minutes silence was observed in the middle of doing their shopping. You are right, we must never forget.

  3. At 11 o’clock on November 11th 2018, my husband and I were waiting for a bus at Inverness busstation. We knew of course very well what a special day it was, and when the clock turned 11am, we stopped our conversation and stood up from our seats. This to show our respect for all those lives lost in the terrible war.
    The busstation was full of people who just continued chatting and making noise. Not one single other person seemed to be aware of the solemnity of the moment.
    To keep quiet and to stand up to show respect was the least one could do.

    • Margaret

      Yes, I quite agree, Karen Elise. And there is no excuse for not knowing as we have had Armistice Day on 11th November since 1919. I know that those who died wouldn’t have wanted a great fuss to be made, but to show our respect and our gratitude just for 2 minutes once a year is the very least we can do.

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