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Over The Top

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

By Jean Mason

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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.

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