Paddy’s War

by James Cairney Conn No fame, no fanfare Fallen, not forgotten Long training, long trip Long stay on The Somme. Three years a husband and father Three months training ‘a soldier to be’ Three days on a trip to the front Three hours in a trench ‘just a waiting’. A...

My Iron Cross First Class, Armistice Centenary

by Michael McCaughan Hold this Iron Cross, a Great War relic, Won by a soldier and pinned to his tunic. His medal for valour, award of renown, Silver and black, Kaiser’s W and crown. Holding this Cross your fingers touch history, On the reverse a palimpsest of...

Just a Soldier

by Paul Hoffman He’s just a soldier, Doing his job, Fighting for freedom, for everyone, Machine guns loaded with Bayonets on, He prays he won’t have to shoot someone, He joined the forces, To defend our land, So, the children can dream, And live out their plans, He...

Grandad Cairney

by Claire Conn What was the cause of my Grandfather’s tears? What made him angry for all of those years? Cheated in life like so many others, His father killed in The Somme with his brothers. Who took his loving father’s life? Who could be blamed for the war and its...

I had no idea…

by Elizabeth King My grandparents died years ago.I knew my grandpa had a brother, Ernest Faure who died at Delville Wood. He was young and handsome. I have photos of him as a teenager sitting with arms folded, proudly posing with his school rugby team in South Africa....

The Problem with Poppies

by Tony Richardson Plastic petals crumble. Paper passes. Crosses break. Arterial crimson fades. Those ceramic flowers in masses That tumbled from the Tower’s stone walls (And stood above the peaceful well-kept lawn), Their provenance may one day be forgot: “I think...