Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


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.

Pte Albert Pinder 1891-1917 17th Battalion Welbeck Rangers.
Died of wounds received during the Battle of Messines Ridge and buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery.

Sgt Herbert Allan Hill 1888-1917 4th(Hallamshire)Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.
Died of wounds received during the Battle of Bullecourt and buried in Tournai Military Cemetery Allied Extension.

These are two of the men named on our village War Memorial, they were brothers-in-law. Ella Pinder lost both her husband and her brother in June 1917.

As always I remember also our two family members who gave their lives

Pte Harry Hindley Simpson, 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers killed in action August 1916

AC2 Harold Harrison RAF buried in Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia 1942

"When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"


Diane said...

Very moving Rowan. We visited the American Cemetery in Normandy whilst on holiday this year. The huge sense of loss is very visible there, and only a drop in the ocean in reality. xxxxx

Thimbleanna said...

A beautiful post Rowan. I'm loving the Veteran's Day posts that I'm seeing in blogland.

Mac n' Janet said...

My husband was in the Army for 21 years and is named for an Uncle who died in WWII so we always remember.
Visited Verdun one year and the memory has never left me.

Anonymous said...

Lovely tribute, Rowan!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Such brave men and women. They will always be remembered.

George said...

A beautiful tribute, Rowan. Like Diane, I have visited a number of war memorial sites in Europe, including the American Cemetery in Normandy, and I have always found them to be quite moving.

Bovey Belle said...

Thank you for this. Gone but not forgotten.

WOL said...

Very moving post today.
In America, we remember all who served/serve on this day (Veterans' Day) and thank them for their service, as I did in my blog today.

Rosie said...

So sad to lose both husband and brother so close together - what a wonderful tribute to those two brave men and to those of your own family too.

DayPhoto said...

Beautiful and moving. Thank you so much


Gracie said...

We should remember everyday who lost it all for us to be free and living in a better way today.

Unknown said...

A deserved tribute to those you have spent time researching, Rowan.

Tramp said...

So important in these times of rapid change and apparent progress to step back and remind ourselves what we have been through in the last 100 years and to remeber what these people fought for. Only then can mankind make real progress.

Lila Rostenberg said...

My mother still calls it "Armistace Day". I wish the peace had lasted (of course!)
lately I have read a series of mystery novels by Jacqueline Winspear featuring "Masie Dobbs". This heroine was a nurse in France during WWI, and every one of the novels relates in some way to how the soldiers suffered.

Anonymous said...

Hello Rowan~
What a special tribute! It's a time never to forget.
I enjoy your blog it takes your readers on a journey. Very creative. Thank you again for the kind words you left me.