|Name||Rank||Service Number||Date of Death||Age||Regiment / Service||Service Country||Grave / Memorial Reference||Cemetery / Memorial Name|
|Acting Bombardier||143275||04/10/1918||23||Royal Garrison Artillery||United Kingdom||II. G. 4.||FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH|
Today we gather in this village to remember those who have died in conflict.
Increasingly I find this very moving: the aging process and having sons makes me remember those who lost theirs. I don’t see this as glorifying slaughter, but remembering and giving thanks, and being silent (One of my favourite poems is Wilfred Owen ‘Dulce et decorum est’) In the face of such loss of life and continuing loss, sometimes the only response is silence.
The above record is from the commonwealth war graves site. My grandfather fought at the end of world war 1. Thomas was his cousin, whom he was bought up with (my grandfather was bought up in a single parent family and his mum died when he was still young. He went to live with his cousins, the Dickmans).