Lest We Forget

August 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

There has been much coverage in the UK news recently about the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day. For the people who witnessed and participated in these events, their memories of those days are as clear as they ever were, and, their loss of fallen and passed comrades, ever poignant.

It has struck me that there is only a small, fast dwindling number of people who lived through the horrors of WW1 and WW2 and even the Korean War. It is certainly the case in my own family. I also think it is important that we do our best to keep their memories alive for as long as possible. Memories of sacrifice and hardship. Of bravery and loss.

Too often now, the youth of today see a sanitized, “as shown on TV”, movie version of war, and, unless they pause long enough from their personal killing fields on X-Box and Playstation to see news coverage of the coffins passing through Wootton Bassett, I do not think it touches them as it once did. Unless their relatives serve today in Iraq or Afghanistan.

So, I would like to post a quick mention and thank you to:

My grandfather, Albert Jones, who I never met. He served in North Africa in the Great War and was mentioned in dispatches for gallantry for charging down a Turkish machine gun post. He died in the mid-60s.

My granddad, John Humphries, (above, bottom) who served in the artillery in the Second World War, and who died some 23 years ago.

My great uncle, (above top) who served as a gunner in the navy in WW2 and died when his ship was torpedoed by Italian bombers.

My uncle Les Wynne, still battling but in poor health, who served in Korea aboard HMS Belfast.

 

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