Lest We Forget

I have delivered this talk as part of the Newbury Spring Festival, and at the National Trust's Sandham Memorial Chapel. I also delivered it at the event in Aldershot in 2018 held at the foot of the Wellington Statue to mark the Armistice Centennial, and the lighting of the commerative beacon.

I talk about the various ways in which we commemorate and remember those who fought and died in the Great War, interspersed with readings of some of the greatest war poetry of that era.

Topics covered include:-

  • Non-Repatriation of the Fallen

  • The Unknown Warrior

  • The Cenotaph

  • The Poppy Appeal

  • Scottish Cairns

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Poems are selected from the following:-

  • 'The Inquisitive Mind of a Child' by Anon

  • 'For All We Have and Are' by Rudyard Kipling

  • 'The Dead' by Rupert Brooke

  • 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke

  • 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon

  • 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae

  • 'The Fallen Subaltern' by Herbert Asquith

  • 'In Memoriam' by Ewart Mackintosh

  • 'A Soldier's Cemetery' by John Streets

  • 'The Soldier's Cairn' by Mary Symon

  • 'Recessional' by Rudyard Kipling

  • 'Before Action' by Willian Hodgson

  • 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

  • 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen

  • 'How To Die' by Siegfried Sassoon

  • 'The General' by Siegfried Sassoon

  • 'Suicide in the Trenches' by Siegfried Sassoon

  • 'We Shall Keep The Faith' by Moina Mitchell

  • 'The Road to La Basse' by Harold Arpthorp and Bernard Newman