ONE hundred years on and our prayers and thoughts are for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in the ''call of duty' to the country in the bloodiest battle in living memory, World War One, 1914-1918. It is with these saints in mind as we bow our heads in prayer and in silence we remember and will never forget.
'Over the top' was the battle cry
Bayonets fixed and heads held high
Surging forward to meet the foe
Onward Christian soldiers go.
Broken bodies all around
Wounded and dying all around
Gunfire flashing, shrapnel flying
Searing cries as men lay dying.
Some just mere young boys
Never again to fulfil life's joys
Fathers, brothers, uncles, sons.
At those battles Somme, Ypres and Mons.
How often now we wonder why
Those gallant men all had to die
Heroes of all wars too
Saints who died for me and you.
Salute those brave men one and all
Who answered the 'bloody' battle call
A tear sprinkled poppy in full bloom
For all the millions who met their doom.
And for the comforters
Of the war's great curse
A dew covered rose
For the Red Cross nurse.