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We shall remember them....


Loyal Member
Staff member
Nottingham, England.
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.

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

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.

Private 73196 of 12th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.)
who died on Wednesday 13 September 1916, Age 39 .
We will remember them
Yes, we shall remember them.

My great uncle.

Roll of Honour
John William Hamilton
Rank: Major
Unit: 6th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 25 April 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey.
War Grave Register notes: HAMILTON, Maj. John William. 6th Bn. Killed in action 25th April, 1915. Age 45. Son of William and Anne Mellefont Hamilton; husband of Una Hamilton, of Rosedale, Kerferd St., East Malvern, Victoria, Australia. Native of Clonmel, Ireland. 25.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

My grandfather's uncle, my g g uncle:

Name: William Frederick Thomas

Death Date: 18 Sep 1917

Death Place: France and Flanders

Rank: Private

Regiment: Labour Corps

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Comments: Formerly 49484, R.W. Surrey Regt.
Great Uncle, John Stevens - 10 Dec 1915. Ypres.
Great Uncle, Frederick Stevens - Wounded in France. Died of Wounds, Borough Hospital, Birkenhead. - 6 Apr 1916.
Great Uncle, William George Ives - 14 Aug 1915. Flanders.
Cousin, Humprey Ford Ives - 22 Aug 1971. Tyne Cot Belgium.
Cousin, James Ives, 9 Aug 1915. Gallipoli.
Cousin, William Wright Ives - 5 Mar 1917. Flanders.
Cousin. Joseph Austin - 14 Aug 1916. Flanders.