On my walk to the station three or four days a week I walk down what is locally known as the church path. The final bit of which runs alongside the graveyard and, not surprisingly, the church. Tucked under a tree is the grave of a WWI soldier, Gunner Hadlow.  As you can see from the inscription on the typical WWI headstone he died on 16th March 1918. So just less than 9 months before “the war to end all wars” ended. 

Notice too the two small poppies that currently adorn his grave. Later this week it will be 99 years to the day that poor Gunner Hadlow passed away but still someone in my community remembers his sacrifice. I’m remarkably touched by that small but significant gesture. 

Seems to me lately as a society we’re not doing the level of remembering we perhaps should do. 

About furtheron

Music and guitar obsessive who is a recovering alcoholic to boot
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6 Responses to Remembering

  1. The fact that you even noticed and felt something speaks volumes as to who you are. As long as there are people like you in the world, there will always be hope. We need that now more than ever.

  2. I agree with that. Great post! Here’s to remembering those that pave the way. My grandfather fought on iwo Jima for World War II and I will never forget that.

  3. It is touching. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Liz Hinds says:

    They look recent too. I love cemeteries.

  5. I think you are right.
    Taking a minute our of our day to help someone now, or to remember someone in the past, even people we don’t know, and thank them.

  6. Debbie says:

    Aw, that’s just beautiful. Very touching indeed. Thanks for sharing!

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