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War is Always Cruel By R. Plant

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

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It's a hundred years since the Great War began

It was the start of such terrible slaughter of man,

Men came from all parts of the empire

To fight for freedom with their allies was their desire.

When it began it seemed a big exciting adventure

But ended up as wanton, needless killing for sure,

Men were killed and maimed without thought or care

But the heroism was something that all could share.

Then when at last peace was signed and sealed

And people hoped war memories would all be healed,

That no more would such atrocities be allowed

Those were things that many nations hoped and vowed.

But now one hundred years have come and gone

Yet still the stench of war lives on,

Will mankind ever realise we all must live in peace

And see that all wars are evil and should all cease.

I've written this poem as part of the respect and reverence of the memory of the Great War.

My grandfather was alas killed on the Somme in July 1916, so in my family the respect for what was a terrible slaughter is greatly respected.

If you should see fit to print this in the Black Country Bugle I should be greatly honoured.

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