Another posting on my 2014 theme of war memorials as it’s 100 years since the start of WW1. This one comes courtesy of ace Lydiate photographer Keith Page.
This quite modern and striking memorial actually covers both world wars:-
The BBC has the story – see link above:-
And a war poem for the day is:-
Here dead we lie by A E Housman (pub. 1936)
Here dead we lie because we did not choose
To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
But young men think it is, and we were young.
For a survivor of the Mesopotamian campaign by Elizabeth Daryush (1933)
War’s wasted era is a desert shore,
As know those who have passed there, a place
Where, within sound of swoll’n destruction’s roar,
Wheel the wild vultures, lust and terror base;
Where, making ready for them, stalk the grim
Barbarian forms, hunger, disease and pain,
Who, slashing all life’s beauty limb from limb,
Crush it as folly on the stony plain.A desert: those too who, as thou, have been
Followers of war’s angel, Sacrifice,
(Stern striders to beyond brute torment’s scene,
Soarers above the swerves of fear and vice)
Know that the lightning of his ghostly gaze
Has wrecked for them for ever earth’s small ways.
Back by Wilfred Gibson (1915)
They ask me where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done and seen.
But what can I reply
Who know it wasn’t I,
But someone just like me,
Who went across the sea
And with my head and hands
Killed men in foreign lands…
Though I must bear the blame,
Because he bore my name.
With thanks to the LGiU
At 11pm on August 4, 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and as the moment approached, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey made the famous remark:
“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.
Lest we forget……
We will remember them…..
The first and last photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
I am grateful to my old chum Roy Connell of Ainsdale for sending me this shot of the rather grand war memorial in Port Sunlight Village over on the Wirral part of Merseyside. It fits nicely with my war memorial theme for 2014. Other shots welcome.