We will remember them………

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With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

4 thoughts on “We will remember them………

  1. Kevin King

    The annual service of Remembrance was held this morning at the 75(NZ)squadron RAF Memorial Garden at Mepal.
    Before the service the ashes of Esme Burch were scattered in the Memorial Garden. Esme is now reunited with her husband Colin, whose ashes are in in Memorial Garden. Colin served on 75 during 1943. Both were stalwart members of the Squadron Association.
    Prayers were said. Ode to The Fallen said, followed by the Last Post and Reveille. Wreaths were laid by serving members of the RAF, whose grandfathers served on the Squadron. Wreaths were also laid by the parish council and the Mildenhall register.
    A second service was held at the village war memorial following the same lines as the previous service.
    Those attending, approximately a 100, then held a service in the Union chapel. The service being conducted by Marshall Allen, whose father served on 75 during 1945. At the conclusion of the the service the national anthems of the UK and New Zealand were sung. There were 5 New Zealanders in attendance.
    It was wonderful to be back at Mepal after having to miss last year. Always a friendly welcome by the villagers. If you are in the area next year please come along. A very warm welcome awaits you.

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  2. mbriathra

    Dear Admin

    I am the son-in-law of Victoria Elizabeth Bayley aka Chilman. She was a member of the WRAF. In 1944 she married F/O Peter Chilman, a member of the Robert Herron flight which didn’t return from a night raid over Germany at Friederichshafen on 27 April 1944. Lancaster Mk.111 ND796 AA-J.

    The crew are buried at Durnbach cemetery.

    We understand that Peter and Vicky were married earlier that month.

    My wife Liz, Vicky’s daughter and myself would like to find out if she was with the 75 NZ squadron as a WRAF driver perhaps.

    We would also like to know if Liz’s father, Horace Palmer, who Vicky married in 1952, was on the same squadron as ground crew. We believe that he was a sergeant. He may also have been known as Taff’ Palmer.

    Thanks in hopeful anticipation!

    Dave Clinch
    Torrington, North Devon
    dpclinch@gmail.com

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