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photoblog image For The Fallen - Armistice Day, 2011

For The Fallen - Armistice Day, 2011

(Hopefully, traffic and time allowing, Alan Rolfe is going to call in at my home for a coffee, a break and a short chat as he passes my junction of the M1 on the way home from Northumberland today.)

This plaque is on the side of the summer house in the garden of Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton and was retrieved from the old Mander Brothers factory nearby.  Mander Brothers produced inks, varnishes and paints on a large scale and were, at one time, one of the areas leading employers.  How pleasing to learn that they found time to honour members of their own staff who lost their lives in World War II, including it seems a member of the family.


For The Fallen

Laurence Binyon

 

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 contemn.

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.

For The Fallen - Armistice Day, 2011

(Hopefully, traffic and time allowing, Alan Rolfe is going to call in at my home for a coffee, a break and a short chat as he passes my junction of the M1 on the way home from Northumberland today.)

This plaque is on the side of the summer house in the garden of Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton and was retrieved from the old Mander Brothers factory nearby.  Mander Brothers produced inks, varnishes and paints on a large scale and were, at one time, one of the areas leading employers.  How pleasing to learn that they found time to honour members of their own staff who lost their lives in World War II, including it seems a member of the family.


For The Fallen

Laurence Binyon

 

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 contemn.

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.

comments (15)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Nov 2011, 00:40
Good tribute Brian hope Alan is able to meet with you today
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage. Alan called in and we had a drink and a good chinwag for just short of two hours, he is very good company.
A fine monument "For The Fallen"... Brian... in Canada we honour our fallen soldiers on Nov 11th also.... we call it "Remembrance Day".... i play a trumpet and have sounded the "Last Post" and "Revelry" many times on these occasions as a young man... Thank you....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. We call Sunday Remembrance Day and that is when all the cities, towns and villages through the land hold their ceremonies at their war memorials.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Nov 2011, 07:26
You'll love meeting Alan, if your time is anthing like ours in September, Brian. Please greet him for us!

Is Armistice Day for both World wars? Now I need to get out my Google book. Regardless, yes, it's time to remember all our soldiers from all wars!
Brian Walbey: Armistice Day is for both World Wars and all the conflicts post 1945 Ginnie, the main ceremonies take place on Sunday which is Remembrance Day. Alan called in and we chatted for just short of two hours, he is very pleasant company isn't he.
A fine tribute Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. Alan called in for about two hours and we had a good chinwag.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2011, 07:34
How good to see that it's been preserved Brian. Give Mr Rolfe my regards and ask him when he's going to take his next holiday (probably next week)
Brian Walbey: Yes and this was quite a surprise, it is hidden away a bit. Alan called in, nice chap, he has his Christmas holiday all sorted, as you would expect.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2011, 08:02
Thank you for all the words of "For the Fallen". I learnt it in my childhood in rural Northern Ireland, and the words have moved me ever since
Brian Walbey: This is the first time I have actually read all the words to this poem.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Nov 2011, 08:14
A wonderful tribute.
I hope Alan can make it, it is always fun to catch up with other SC-ers, please say HI to him.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. Alan called in for about two hours, it is a longish journey home for him from Northumberland.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Nov 2011, 08:17
All three killed later in the war.
Brian Walbey: Yes along with far too many others Chad, from all sides.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2011, 08:39
A fine tribute to this day! A very moving poem for the fallen I have to translate preciserly (for me). Alan cited some verses today, too. It is unbelievable that after the brutality and inhumanity of horrible WWI another horrible and terrible war followed -three of the brothers fell in the WWII.

My grandfather died 1918 in Aleppo/Syria where he found a grave in the desert (he was Reverend and interpreter in the Asia-Corps fighting against Lawrence of Arabia...)

I wish you both a nice chat!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine. Alan called in and we had a very nice chat.
Thanks for this Brian
Brian Walbey: A pleasure Richard. Alan called in for about two hours on his way home from Northumberland and we had a good chat.
Gosh, Wightwick Manor, you've transported me back in time and space to a visit a long time ago but I don't remember seeing this. This helps us to think of individuals as well as masses who have lost their lives.
Brian Walbey: This is quite well hidden away on the side of a building in the garden, I nearly missed it.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2011, 13:28
A good idea Brian, nice shot
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
A touching memorial and nice that it has been preserved, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Tom.
A fine tribute to them Brian. Many turned up at the War Memorial in Truro today
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet. We have the normal parade on Sunday here, although it is in the after noon instead of the morning, very strange.
  • Alan
  • Back home :-(
  • 11 Nov 2011, 18:21
Thank you for the posting the whole of "For the Fallen". I did consider doing the same but I decided just to include the most famous part of it. The Mad House also has their own War Memorial, very appropriate of course in view of our military founding. It was re-dedicated earlier this year following our move to Mad House II.

It was lovely to meet you and Maureen earlier today; thank you so much for your hospitality. My whole trip home was trouble free and the traffic was busy but no holdups. I did have to stop south of Coventry to shut my eyes for 15 mins, though!
Brian Walbey: I hadn't actually read the whole of "For the Fallen" before posting this. It was a pleasure to meet you Alan, feel free to call in again if you pass this way on another holiday trip.

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