IN THE NAME OF WAR AND WARRIORS

Poetry and stories about War and those who participate

A GREAT DEAL OF SURPLUS

When my dad was starting out he used to deal In any and all forms of army surplus material And he would buy and sell almost anything If it had once been in the service of the king

AFTER WAR WAS DECLARED

The bombing began Cities were struck With vengeance

ALONG A WAR-TORN ROAD

Weary leaden footsteps Tramp the war-torn road

AN ORDERED PEACE

An ordered peace Now hold sway Where once was chaos And hell came to earth

AN ORDERED PEACE

An ordered peace Now hold sway

ARE YOU WEARING A POPPY?

Are you wearing a poppy? Wear it proudly on your lapel

AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR

At the eleventh hour On the eleventh day

AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR

At the eleventh hour Silence falls Heads bow in reverence

AT THE PROMOTIONS BOARD

A squadron leader is up for promotion And a board is help in order to be fare The S.Q. must answer three questions

AUSCHWITZ

Auschwitz in essence Was a processing plant

BEFORE THE KAISER CAME

Before the Kaiser came Swallows fed on the wing

BEING FROM AN ARMY FAMILY I DREADED

Being from an army family I dreaded

BLOOD SWEPT LANDS

What a stunning and fitting tribute Well met at the Bloody Tower

BLUE DANUBE

It was called Blue Danube, which

BOMBER COMMAND

At last they are remembered In marble and bronze

CALLING ALL YOU ANGELS

Calling all you Angels Amidst the heavenly host

CAPTAIN’S AWARD

In the aftermath Of the sinking Of HMHS Rohilla

CENOTAPH

Bow your undressed head Before the cenotaph

CIVIL DEFENCE

What would happen in the unhappy event?

CRIMSON SNOW

Each November We remember At the Royal Albert Hall And we remember With dignity With respect They stand in silence And we remember In silence Petals fall Like crimson snow flakes And we remember

DAWN PATROL

You would find them Up where the air was thin

DEFENDERS OF THE DRIFT

In the month of January Of the year eighteen seventy nine Lord Chelmsford,

DID YOU FIGHT IN THE WAR DADDY?

Did you fight in the war daddy? My mother asked my grandpa He only answered shortly yes

DID YOU FIGHT IN THE WAR DADDY?

Did you fight in the war daddy? My mother asked my grandpa He only answered shortly yes

DON’T HATE THE HUN ACROSS THE FIELD

Don’t hate the Hun across the field He’s not so very different to you

EAST INDIAMAN ARNISTON

The Arniston Was an East Indiaman But had been requisitioned As a troopship

FIGHTING TALK

“You’re fighting for a just cause”
Cherry

FLANDERS ENDURED

A wondrous pastoral scene Green fields and meadows

FLEET AIR ARM - WINGS OVER THE CHANNEL

Valiantly he fought In an outdated kite

FOREIGN FIELDS

In the flower of youth cut down Pals in regiments from every town Sent to fight in the Nations name

GHURKA WARRIOR

Ghurka warrior Proud and loyal

GOD AND THE SOLDIERS

We look to God and the soldiers

GRANDDADS WAR

In South Africa during the Boer War Granddad got the key of the door

H-HOUR

H hour approached And we waited Some men hummed Tunelessly, nervously Others muttered a prayer A few were sick with nerves Some shuffled from foot to foot Some men were eager Some reluctant There was fear

HARRY’S LAST POST

John “Harry” Patch 17th June 1898 – 25th July 2009

HE MADE SUCH A HANDSOME OFFICER

She was so proud of him When she saw him in his uniform
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HMHS GLENART CASTLE

The Glenart Castle Was steaming home On a cold February night

HMHS ROHILLA

On 30 October 1914 The hospital ship Rohilla Sailed southerly through

HMS BIRKENHEAD

HMS Birkenhead began life As a steam frigate One of the first iron-hulled vessels

HMS IOLAIRE

On New Year’s Eve 1918 The Iolaire carried sailors

HOLOCAUST

HOLOCAUST

HUMPH

On Victory in Europe Day On the eighth of May 1945

I MISS THE PLACE

I miss the place Where I journeyed into this world Where a loving mother

I MISS THE PLACE

I miss the place Where I journeyed into this world Where a loving mother Kissed me And gently brushed my curls I miss the place Where mother taught me the joys of life And my father

I REMEMBER

I remember Those with no future, But only a gallant past I remember Those who never lived, To enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice I remember Those who will be forever young, Those who will never be old

I REMEMBER

I remember Those with no future, but only a gallant past

IN HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA 1917

Two ships collided in Halifax harbour, The Mont Blanc and the Imo,

IN LESS THAN A GENERATION

At the start of World War II Americans crossed into Canada

IN THE GATHERING OF HOPEFUL HEARTS

In the gathering of hopeful hearts The flame of peace does thrive

INTO THE LANDING CRAFT

A s he climbed Into the landing craft He was afraid

IT WAS THE LOWLY SOLDIER

It was the lowly soldier Not the journalist

IT’LL BE OVER BY CHRISTMAS

August 4th 1914 The world goes mad

IT’S THE SIMPLE SOLDIER

It’s the simple soldier Who serves the flag

KUBLAI KHAN’S MONGOL HORDE

Kublai Khan’s Mongol horde Set Sail In 1274

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER EUGENE KINGSMILL ESMONDE VC DSO (1 MARCH 1909 – 12 FEBRUARY 1942)

1942 with the Fleet Air Arm he flew Leaving behind the land he knew To fly against the superior Hun When he and his squadron were undone Against the German Krieg’s Marine The pride of the German Navy And against that determined enemy His squadron fell into the sea

LORD KITCHENER SAID IN HIS FRUSTRATION

Lord Kitchener said in his frustration Of the indiscreet Politicians and their lives

MILITARY LAW # 1

There is an old law of combat If you heed this you’ll go far

MILITARY LAW # 2

The buddy system is essential To surviving in combat Because it gives the enemy Somebody else to shoot at

MILITARY LAW # 3

Never let a senior officer

MONUMENT

Each faceless name In neat regimen

MY DAD JOINED THE NAVY

My Dad joined the Navy To see the world

NO MANS LAND

No mans land, A desolate place

OLD SOLDIERS WEARIED WITH AGE

Old soldiers wearied with age
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ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

On Remembrance Day, We honour the sacrificial dead

ON THE BATTLE GROUND

Soldiers stand in contemplation Young faces etched in concentration NCO's keep them holding steady A mounted officer comes prancing Upon his steed nervously dancing Then comes the order to be ready

ON THE BLOODY FIELD OF BATTLE

Bright burnished copper shields Shined bright as gold in the midday sun Spear points glinted in the sun Like a myriad of dancing fire flies Silver lights blinked from polished Buckles and embellishments

ON THE HOME-FRONT

On the home-front Brave men and women Gave their all

OVER THE TOP LADS

Over the top lads Let’s do it for the King

OVER THE TOP LADS

Over the top lads Let’s do it for the King

PACIFISM IS A NOBLE IDEAL

Pacifism is a noble ideal A heartfelt principle

PAST THE CENOTAPH THEY MARCH

Past the cenotaph they march After Big Bens doleful chime

PEACE IN OUR TIME

When idle thoughts lead me back down Memory lane I think of Mr Chamberlain stepping from the plane Desperately clutching that piece of paper he waved

PEACE IN OUR TIME

When idle thoughts lead me back down Memory lane I think of Mr Chamberlain stepping from the plane Desperately clutching that piece of paper he waved

PRIVATE FREDERICK HITCH V.C. November 29th 1856 - January 5th 1913

Frederick Hitch was born a shoemaker's son In Southgate, a hamlet to the north of London It was eighteen fifty-six on a November day

PRIVATE PARTS

A young man joined the army And he was known as Private Parts But he was never meant for soldiering The was clear right from the start

PROUD HERITAGE

Like many Englishmen When our history is revealed

PUT DOWN YOUR PEN

Put down your pen, write no more Names on the honour roll

RED BEARD

It was called Red Beard, which

RED COATS

The bayonets gleaming In the sun The piper’s pipe

REMEMBER THEM WITH COMPASSION

Remember them with compassion And not with jaundiced eye

REMEMBRANCE FOR GREAT UNCLE JOHN (John Holt 1887-1916)

“Your country needs you” Kitchener said to us So we took the Kings shilling Without any fuss Lads and Pals all marched Crowds cheering jubilantly Then we crossed the Channel

REMEMBRANCE FOR UNCLE JOHN

John Holt 1887-1916 "Your country needs you We heard Kitchener say to us We took the Kings shilling Without any fuss

RETURNING HOME

Through leafy glades we walked together In the dappled shade beneath the trees, where Spots of light chase each other frantically As the soft summer breeze moves the treetops As on the forest floor the patterns change

ROYAL FLYING CORPS - WINGS OVER CUFFLEY

With the RFC he flew Over the country that he knew

ROYAL FLYING CORPS - WINGS OVER FRANCE # 2

With the RFC he flew Over where the ill wind blew

ROYAL FLYING CORPS - WINGS OVER FRANCE # 4

With the RFC he flew Over where the ill wind blew

ROYAL FLYING CORPS - WINGS OVER FRANCE # 6

Valiantly he fought Against kite balloons And the patrols alike

ROYAL FLYING CORPS – WINGS OVER FRANCE # 1

1917 with the RFC he flew Leaving behind the land he knew

ROYAL FLYING CORPS – WINGS OVER FRANCE # 3

With the RFC he flew Over where the ill wind blew

ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE - WINGS OVER GHENT

1915 in the RNAS he flew When a Zeppelin came into view

ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE - WINGS OVER THE DARDANELLES

1915 in the RNAS he flew When Ferrijik Junction came into view

SAVIORS

When soldiers stand neath flags unfurled Before going to war to do the biz Be sure before they’re sent to save the world They re happy with the world the way it is

SAVIORS

When soldiers stand neath flags unfurled Before going to war to do the biz

SERRIED ROWS OF CROSSES

The landscape changed From peace to bloody war

SERRIED ROWS OF CROSSES

The landscape changed From peace to bloody war

SO SILENT WENT THE GUNS OF HELL

So silent went the guns of hell

THANK GOD FOR LITTLE BELGIUM

Thank God for little Belgium Bravely holding off the Hun

THE AIRSPEED HORSA

The Airspeed AS.51 Horsa Was a British World War II Troop-carrying glider

THE ANGELS OF MONS AND LE CATEAU

It was August 1914 when Commander-in-Chief, Sir John French ordered the newly arrived British

THE ARMY GAME

Salute it only if it moves Pick it up if it doesn't move If you can't salute it Or pick it up just paint it

THE AVRO ANSON

The Avro Anson Was a British twin-engine

THE AVRO LANCASTER

The Avro Lancaster Was a four-engine British Second World War heavy bomber

THE AVRO LANCASTRIAN

The Avro 691 Lancastrian Was a mail transport

THE AVRO LINCOLN

The Avro Type 694, Was a four-engine British heavy bomber

THE AVRO MANCHESTER

The Avro 679 Manchester Was a British heavy bomber Of the Second World War

THE AVRO SHACKLETON

The Avro Shackleton Was a long-range British

THE AVRO VULCAN

The Avro Vulcan Was an RAF Delta Wing strategic bomber

THE AVRO YORK

The Avro York Was a British transport plane And was yet another Avro aircraft

THE BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER

The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter, Affectionately known as the Beau, Was a British long-range fighter

THE BRISTOL BEAUFORT

The Bristol Beaufort Was a British twin-engine
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THE BRISTOL BLENHEIM

The Bristol Blenheim Was a Second World War British light bomber

THE BRITISH AEROSPACE SEA HARRIER

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier Was developed directly

THE BULLDOG BREED

The British in the past Seemed to have more grit

THE CALL OF DUTY - FOR THOSE IN PERIL ON THE SEA

The Merchant Navy I was spoilt for choice in the civilian occupation, the mere fact that you are unarmed and for the most part non-combatants qualifies as brave in war time but I think my candidates are beyond brave.

THE CALL OF DUTY - ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Glider Pilots Finding a candidate from the air force was quite difficult as I have always thought that military pilots in wartime were very brave whether in fighters or bombers, on the attack or in defence and I hold them in the highest esteem.

THE CALL OF DUTY – ABOVE US THE WAVES

Submariners Unlike the other branches my candidate for the Navy was a no brainer there can be no braver section of the Senior Service than the Submariners. Most Navy men devote all their collective effort to keep their vessel afloat but the submariners deliberately submerge themselves.

THE CALL OF DUTY – THEY’VE GOT US SURROUNDED

Paratroopers Finding a candidate from the Army was quite difficult as it is such a broad church. With many suitable examples to choose from but after some little thought I settled on the paratroopers who I once heard described as the “umbrella danglers”.
Cherry

THE DAY DAD WENT TO BELSEN

The tank stopped abruptly And we sat open mouthed

THE DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito Was a British multi-role combat aircraft

THE DEVIL IN THE SKIES

From the dark cloudless skies Comes the engines droan Of that unseen and menacing evil

THE DEVIL IN THE SKIES

From the dark cloudless skies Comes the engines droan

THE DOUGLAS DAKOTA

The Douglas C-47 Skytrain Or as the RAF preferred the Dakota Was a military transport aircraft

THE FLOWERED FIELDS OF FLANDERS

The flowered fields of Flanders

THE GENERAL AIRCRAFT HAMILCAR

The General Aircraft GAL. 49 Hamilcar Was a large British military glider

THE GENERAL AIRCRAFT HOTSPUR

The General Aircraft GAL.48 Hotspur Was a military glider

THE GINGER PRINCE WENT TO WAR

Harry is the spare, not the heir So he chose to follow a military career And the ginger Prince went to war Amidst muck and bullets, blood and gore He is a braver man than I by some way

THE GOOD OLD WIMPY

Pilots loved to fly The Vickers Wellington From take off

THE HANDLEY PAGE HALIFAX

The Handley Page Halifax Was a British four-engine

THE HANDLEY PAGE HASTINGS

The Handley Page H.P.67 Hastings

THE HAWKER HURRICANE

The Hawker Hurricane Always overshadowed by the Spitfire

THE HAWKER SEA HURRICANE

The Sea Hurricanes Were carrier based

THE HAWKER SIDDELEY HARRIER

The Hawker Siddeley Harrier Is more popularly known As the "Harrier Jump Jet"

THE HAWKER TYPHOON

The Hawker Typhoon Single-seat fighter-bomber Known affectionately as the Tiffy

THE LAST DAWN

On the horizon the eastern sky was lightening But the over cast skies were not brightening The dawn had little effect on the Grey sky It was certainly a miserable morning to die The sounds of the long range guns was absent

THE LOCKHEED HERCULES

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules Is a four-engine turboprop

THE LOCKHEED LIGHTNING

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning Was a World War II

THE MILITARY WAY

The problem with taking the easy way out is that the enemy has already mined it Having someone take a shot at you, and miss is the most satisfying feeling Every retreat is a tactical withdrawal

THE RAF SEEK OUT THERE TARGETS

The RAF seek out there targets On recognisance missions

THE RED ARMY

The Red Army Rose from the ashes Like a phoenix

THE RUGGED ISLE

The channel glistened With silver strands Beneath the early summer sun Its waves broke gently white Below the green topped cliffs of chalk The sky of azure blue

THE SHORT SANDRINGHAM

The Short S.25 Sandringham Was a medium range

THE SHORT STIRLING

The Short Stirling Was the very first British Four-engine heavy bomber

THE SHORT SUNDERLAND FLYING BOAT

The Short S.25 Sunderland Was a British flying boat

THE SLINGSBY HENGIST

The Slingsby Hengist Was a British military glider Like other British gliders

THE SOLDIER STOOD

The soldier stood

THE SOLDIER’S LAST MUSTER

When the sun is in the west You will safely go to rest

THE SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE

Brainchild of R. J. Mitchell The Spitfire was designed

THE TREATY

The eleventh hour The T's were crossed

THE VICKERS WELLESLEY

The Vickers Wellesley Was a British light bomber

THE VICKERS WELLINGTON

The Vickers Wellington Was a British twin-engine Long range medium bomber

THE WACO HADRIAN

The Waco CG-4A

THE WESTLAND LYSANDER

The Westland Lysander Was a British army Co-operation and liaison aircraft

THE WHISTLES BLEW

The whistles blew And over the top

THEY FELL

They fell Like ripened corn Cut with scythe's stroke

THOSE WHO CAN, DO

When training kamikaze pilots The instructor told them firmly please pay very close attention I will show you this one time only

TWO SIDES OF WAR

War does not determine Who is right

UNDERNEATH THE SPREADING CHESTNUT TREE

Two old retired generals In the autumn of their years

VASSILI THE WOLF HUNTER

Vassili Zaitsev was a legendary Russian sniper at the siege of Stalingrad German soldiers on the whole did not know the name of this mountain lad He set fear and dread into the invaders hearts with his cold hunters eye

VENGEANCE WEAPONS (accrostic)

Vicious product of the conquered Exploding on the unsuspecting Not aimed at the soldiers Generals or other men of war Experimental weapons Aimed not at military targets

VILLAIN OF THE PEACE

In 1914, David Lloyd George

WANDERING WARRIOR

Wandering warrior

WHEN WILLIAM JOINED THE ARMY

When William joined the army

WHETHER THEY MAY WIN OR LOOSE

Whether they may win or loose

WHY IS IT THAT THE FLAG?

Why is it that the flag?

WHY IS IT THAT THE NATIONS FLAG?

Why is it that the nations flag?

YPRES

Since that day In that fateful campaign When you stepped willingly

YPRES

Since that day In that fateful campaign When you stepped willingly Upon that sodden Flanders field And were gathered in During that bloody harvest Your future was no more Since that day

TOMMY

We walked towards the enemy Hidden in the mist That lay like a silent shroud We picked our way Across the open ground Until the silence was broken As overhead, a shell burst Raining death and shrapnel

THE RUSSIAN AIRFORCE ARE DROPPING

The Russian Airforce are dropping

WHAT’S A BIDET?

While looking at a hotel website

THE BOOMING GUNS FALL SILENT

The booming guns fall silent All along the western front

AFTER SIX LONG YEARS OF BATTLE

After six long years of battle, Triumph came to the side of light

INTO THE LANDING CRAFT

D-Day at Dawn, As he climbed down
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BREATH PLUMES IN THE CHILL

Breath plumes in the chill Of the morning still

THE WARRIOR FIGHTS IN THE KNOWLEDGE

The warrior fights in the knowledge That death earns a place in heaven