Saturday, 11 November 2017

In Remembrance.

Mells is a small and classically English village; stone cottages, a small stream, a church whose origins can be traced back beyond 1292.

And a war memorial, with name after name.

And the grave of Siegfried Sassoon, whose writings about the First World War are as relevant today as they were on publication.




Sassoon had a significant influence on many of the writers who have become inextricably linked 
with the the First World War.  

One of the things I find remarkable about this grave is that it lies less than a 15 minute drive from where I was born - and yet I only found this out in recent years.

We promise not to forget, but seem unaware of those who would help us remember.   

11/11/17

12 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
we need constant reminding, because life, is its wont, moves on... YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

Thank you for the reminder.

Beth said...

One of the few war poets who did not perish in the conflict. WWI is as relevant now as it ever was.

Rhodesia said...

Just about to leave and go to the local service. Enjoy the weekend, cheers Diane

David Gascoigne said...

Don't you wish that wars could recede into our memory so that we don't need to remember them any more than we gather to remember the War of the Roses, or Cromwell's rebellion? Could we not even have one generation without war? It is never going to happen. We never learn do we and just keep on fighting? There has never been a time in my lifetime when several wars have not been taking place in different parts of the globe, and each nation in each conflict will remember it's war dead as righteous heroes. Every side, in every conflict, invokes divine intervention from its God and blithely sends off its youngest and finest to be slaughtered. I know this is not a popular sentiment, but it seems a little obscene somehow that we celebrate this with such pageantry each November while simultaneously providing the fodder for the next generation to remember.

Marcia said...

I have not heard of this writer. Lovely tribute.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

...on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...

Linda W. said...

Good quote and reminder to never forget those that have served.

Missy George said...

A great reminder...lovely tribute..

A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, you are so right...so many are unaware of those who "gave"...their life, their mind, their body...:)JP

rupam sarma said...

Great post _()_

A Colorful World said...

A wonderful remembrance post! Loved that there were poppies on the grave. It's a beautiful church and graveyard.