The paintings of badgers on the posts at Slad,
Are beguiling and deceptive in their art,
Seemingly comic and anthropomorphic,
Each one contributes to a tragic tale,
Summarised in that curt and cruel word: cull.
They look like Tommies facing execution,
Tied to their posts at dawn’s first red-streaked light:
What passing-bells for those who die for cattle?
‘Only the monstrous anger of the guns,
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle.’
Private Henry John Lusty Date of Death: 08/07/1916 Age: 36 Regiment/Service: Army Ordnance Corps Grave Reference: F. 600. Cemetery: WOOLWICH CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of John and Sarah Lusty; husband of Florence Lusty, of Meadow End, Dudbridge, Stroud,...read more
REMEMBRANCE DAY It started as a temporary structure, An edifice of wood and plaster, A “Cenotaph”, a monument to the dead, In Whitehall, November, 1919; An outpouring of grief and garlands, Bouquets, wreaths, flowers, silence and tears Ornamented the stark, new...read more
My mother was born on Bastille Day, July 14th, 1915; Her mum and dad had met at church, In the choir of St John the Baptist and St Helen, Up on Church Hill, Wroughton, Just below the ridgeway, high above Swindon. I never met my grand-father, he died before my birth, A...read more
Coroner’s Report, 1916 The link above takes you to transcripts of the coroner’s report, 1916. Please read below as well … this is an astonishing story from WW1 ‘My beloved fiancée, Dorothy Beard, aged 18, of Burleigh, Brimscombe, and I,...read more
Home Front (From the Kitchen to the Factory) Decorated spoons hanging on the wall, Like so many enamel medals; Spanners turned to ornaments, Like so many swords to ploughshares; The world of home and war juxtaposed In a museum cabinet of domestic remembrance: A sewing...read more
(With thanks to Crispin Thomas and Johnny Fluffypunk) Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1 Barnsley 4 Blackburn Rovers 2 Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 3 Bolton Wanderers 1 Bradford City 9 Derby County 6 Brentford 7 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 Bristol City 5 Bristol Rovers 3...read more