A War Poem for Wednesday 6th August – 2 days after war was declared in 1914

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.

The location of this war memorial is unknown but it is quite magnificent. If you recognise it please let me know where it is. Credit Jen Robertson

The location of this war memorial is unknown but it is quite magnificent. If you recognise it please let me know where it is. Credit Jen Robertson

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.

A War poem

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.

This War Memorial is in Carnforth, Lancashire - Credit Jen Robertson

This War Memorial is in Carnforth, Lancashire – Credit Jen Robertson

With thanks to the LGiU

The declaration of the Great War – 11pm 4th August 1914

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”.

A simple stone at Halsall War Memorial listing the dead from WW1. A second stone full of names stands close to this one. And this in a small rural Lancashire community.

A simple stone at Halsall War Memorial listing the dead from WW1. A second stone full of names stands close to this one. And this in a small rural Lancashire community.

This is from Holy Trinity Church in York and sadly the list is long indeed of the fallen.

This is from Holy Trinity Church in York and sadly the list is long indeed of the fallen.

The War memorial in Settle, Yorkshire c/o Jen Robertson

The War memorial in Settle, Yorkshire. Photo c/o Jen Robertson

And remember the Boer War had ended only 12 years prior to 1914 as this war memorial outside Worcester Cathedral reminds us.

And remember the Boer Wars had ended only 12 years prior to 1914 as this war memorial outside Worcester Cathedral reminds us. 22,000 British military had died there as well as countless thousands of civilians. Photo c/o Jen Robertson

Lest we forget……

We will remember them…..

The first and last photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

More on Giants Spectacular – The leaving of Liverpool

I have loaded more shots onto my Flickr site today. Here is a taster:-

Giant Grandmother on her last walk about before leaving Liverpool.

Giant Grandmother on her last walk about before leaving Liverpool.

This photo and others from the Giants Spectacular event in Liverpool are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Giants spectacular in Liverpool – Grandmother, Little Girl, Dog

Latest pictures of the giants in Liverpool today, from Jen Robertson:-

Little girl and her dog near the old Mersey Tunnel entrance

Little girl and her dog near the old Mersey Tunnel entrance

Grandmother leaving St. Georges Hall this morning.

Grandmother leaving St. Georges Hall this morning.

The photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/