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Letters Home
Anthem For Doomed Youth
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Poems by Wilfred Owen
War Requiem

First World the war to end all wars

From Where We Stand Now

The Cenotaph. London. UK

War is not the grand and glorious adventure that the politicians and the generals would have people believe. The lofty and noble ideal that war is justified is a lie. War, no matter which way you look at it, is hell, and there was no greater hell than that which was The Western Front of World War One, and, if there was a central point to the hell of the war as a whole, then that point was Passchendaele, that dreadful battle that was fought between
31 July - 6 November 1917, that point where the men and the pack animals literally drowned in the mud, that had been churned up, from the clayey soil, by the never ending shell bombardments.
There was not just Passchendaele though, The Somme, Vimy Ridge, Tanneburg, The Marne, the names roll off the tongue, the names carved in stone on most cenotaphs around the world, and, indeed to many, they are just funny sounding names, with little or no meaning, except on that day, once a year, 11th November, when the ever dwindling band of veterans of those campaigns, stand silently, and remember....remember the trenches, the wet, the cold, the screaming of the shells, and the screaming of the dying and wounded, some of whom could have been just out of reach, but far enough that no help was available to them.
No, we are not here to glorify this war, but we will remember those, the boys, who went off  to fight, those that came back, and those who lie somewhere, buried, sleeping forever as 16, 17, 18, 19, 20........
With our usual links we will provide background information, we'll show you the battles, we'll show you the pictures and rare film footage, but most importantly we'll show you first hand narratives of those who were there, and the letters they wrote home, to their families and sweethearts
Tales of The Fallen, a title inspired by articles printed in Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, on 11 November 2003, and we'll have selections from those articles throughout the website, this website, this memorial.
Benjamin Britten, the English composer wrote his masterwork, Requiem For War, basing it in part on the poems of the greatest of the British World War One poets, Wilfred Owen. We had already created a page entiled Anthem For Doomed Youth, that title taken from Owen's most well known poem, and there is a link to it, and there will be a slightly different version of it on this site. At the bottom of this page are the lyrics to a song, This Song For You, written in 1975, by the great Irish singer Chris de Burgh, it is, in effect, a letter from a soldier to his sweetheart on the eve of Passchendaele, we believe it is good counter-point to Wilfred Owen's Anthem.
Let us now remember, and in that rememberance learn that though this was a war fought almost a hundred years ago, it is the one war we must never forget, we must learn, we must apply those lessons to today, and more importantly, to the future. Remember!
Love and Mercy

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Passchendaele. 31 July - 6 November 1917
men and animals drowned in the mud

This Song For You
(Chris de Burgh)
Hello darling, this is the army,
I've just got the time to write,
Today we attack, there's no turning back,
the boys they're all ready for the fight.

Yes, I'm well but this place is like hell,
they call it Passchendaele,
In nineteen seventeen the war must be ending,
the General said this attack will not fail;

So I'm writing down this little melody
When you play it my love, think of me...
We'll be together in this song for you,
And it goes Lalala...sing it darling...Lalala...

They got old Bill and the Sergeant is still out there
Wounded in some shellhole,
They say this war will end all wars,
Oh God I really hope it will,

Oh how's old England, are they still singing
those songs that we loved to sing,
When all this is over, we'll go sailing in Dover,
catching fish like we used to with a string,

Oh I miss you, I miss you, I miss you so,
If they get me my love you will know...
We'll always be together in this song for you...

And it goes Lalala...I have to go now...
take care of yourself my love


The Battle of The Somme film 1916
a frame from the 1916 British propaganda film The Battle of The Somme, which was filmed on sets,

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Foster William Charlton
Foster William Charlton

Foster William Charlton was a true Leicester lad and was known as Bill to his mates. He joined the Royal Artillery in February 1909 and left in 1921 having risen to Sergeant. During the war he fought in France and went right through the conflict without a scratch. He was an "old contemptible" - one of the men who saw the war in and saw it out.


The most famous recruitment poster of all
Lord Kitchener Recruitment Poster

the music you hear:
written, and recorded in 1914
(there were two versions)
this one by
Edna Thornton

when the boys
came home

a page from our
Walk Awhile website

Coope, Boyes & Simpson and
Wak Maar Proper.
Christmas Truce -
Kerstbestand (NMCD14)
Released: 1 November 1999.
A new album of live recordings of
Coope Boyes & Simpson
and sixty piece Flemish choir
with traditional carols and songs
written specially for this
Christmas Peace Concert.
First performed in Ypres Cathedral.


from the BBC
WW.1 Archives

the official memorial

officially the third battle
of Ypres
from the BBC's
WW.1 Archives

Panta Rhei, Coope, Boyes & Simpson,
Passchendaele Suite (NMCD10)
From the award winning series of
Peace Concerts albums
A unique combination of songs,
voices and instruments.
CD plus illustrated booklet.

Studies of material remains of
the Western Front have been made
 by military and architecture historians,
but have not, until recent years, been
regarded as a topic for
scholarly archaeological studies

1914 - 1918
focuses on military history -
a useful veteran site

from the BBC
History archives

from the BBC
WW.1 Archives

The Ypres Salient

The photographs taken by
Jack Turner provide a startling
reminder that that this
was a very different
experience than that
of today's youth

from the BBC
WW.1 Archives

dispatches from the CBC

the BBC's huge and very
informative website
with a multimedia, interactive section

Contemporary photographs,
dramatised diary readings
and interviews with veterans

a 3-D Tour
from BBC History

an internet history of
World War 1

from the BBC's
Emma Jane Kirby

"A pair of shoes, believed to
belong to a British soldier,
excavated from a trench
dated from the World War One
 near the Belgian city
of Ypres on
the Western Front."
[Notice that the disturbed topsoil is stripped away.]


A shoe and bones of
an unidentified soldier
of the British army
are seen at excavated
WWI trenches near a
road construction site in
Ypres, Belgium,
Monday Nov.10, 2003.
The trenches were unearthed
during preliminary construction
on a new motorway which
will link Ypres with the coast."
[Notice that the disturbed topsoil is stripped away.]

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