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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, after four long and terrible years of war, the guns fell silent. The Great War was finally over. 40 million people were killed or wounded (including civilian deaths) in the greatest conflict the world had ever seen.

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. And still wars rages on – for different reasons, and in different places men and women die and are wounded. Freedom exacts a terrible price.

My grandmother’s brother – William Crook – died in the Great War on 13th November 1916 in Flanders. The family only found out what happened to him a few years ago. Many families in Britain were touched by the pernicious hand of war – and some villages lost most or all their men of fighting age. The War Cemeteries of Europe – honour those who fell, some have no name – just ‘Soldier of the Great War’. All of those poor souls were someone’s son, father, brother, or lover. They had families who loved them, and lost them.

In memory of those who fell in the Great War 1914-18

Armistice 100.

 

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Giving It All

© A L Butcher 2018

Mud, blood, death, fear

Snow, bombs, lies, truth

Day after day, year after year.

Old men, scared men, dying youth.

Four long years of war,

Giving it all, then giving more!

 

Shells from the sky,

Mines in the ground.

Asking God why?

Among the dead all around.

Four long years of war,

Giving it all, then giving more!

 

Crying for each other

As comrades lay bleeding

Crying for mother

As comrades die weeping

Four long years of war

Giving it all, then giving no more.

 

 

 

 

 

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