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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    Ours is still 11 November.

    This song still hits a nerve

    http://www.army.gc.ca/chief_land_sta...s/TKeng6mb.wmv

    On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, please give 2 minutes of silence.
    I have that song on my IPod...fantastic
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
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    A fine array of other VC holders from the Indian Army during 1914-1918

    http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/ccww1ina.htm

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    Dave,

    Thank you for being kind to realise that we also contributed!

    You are a real friend of India!


    "Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination."

    I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

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    GENTLEMEN!

    This thread is for the Honoured Fallen. Leave your disdain elsewhere.

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    It is a matter of pride to have fought for the British Empire.

    No one asked us.

    We volunteered and died and many of us.

    The British have honoured us with medals and jagirs.

    No hassles with the British Raj or the Queen.

    My father fought WWII in the British Indian Army. He was an MC. He was proud of it as I am proud of his service. He was blown up by a mine in Burma. He served for the British. Therefore, Remembrance Day is a big deal for us too!


    We still have great regard for the UK. That is why we have the most cordial relations with Great Britain even now and are proud to be in the Commonwealth.

    Here is another of my relative who laid down his life for the British Empire:

    Wing Commander K.K. Majumdar,DFC and Bar


    I come from a family proud of its military heritage and thus cannot reconcile to any slight to the contributions that we and my countrymen have made.
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    "Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination."

    I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    GENTLEMEN!

    This thread is for the Honoured Fallen. Leave your disdain elsewhere.
    Precisely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    Ours is still 11 November.

    This song still hits a nerve

    http://www.army.gc.ca/chief_land_sta...s/TKeng6mb.wmv

    On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, please give 2 minutes of silence.

    Hit a nerve. I never faced bullets. Time and circumstances, and good fortune, put me between wars. Born in 1939 in France; "escaped" to US. Five when the sirens and chirch bells announced the war's end. Too young for Korea. Too old for Vietnam. But I've wondered many times about how it feels to go into battle--the fear, the courage, the sudden realization death is certain. So young. So many. So seemingly senseless. It took a half a lifetime to really, really appreciate with my being what fighting men go through and what they have done for us, whether they wanted to or not.
    IMO, they can't get enough medals.
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    In lonely watches night by night
    Great visions burst upon my sight,
    For down the stretches of the sky
    The hosts of dead go marching by.

    Strange ghostly banners o'er them float,
    Strange bugles sound an awful note,
    And all their faces and their eyes
    Are lit with starlight from the skies.

    The anguish and the pain have passed
    And peace hath come to them at last,
    But in the stern looks linger still
    The iron purpose and the will.

    Dear Christ, who reign'st above the flood
    Of human tears and human blood,
    A weary road these men have trod,
    O house them in the home of God!

    Frederick George Scott Aptil 1915

    For the fallen.... May your great deeds/sacrafices live, eternal.!

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    sorry about the late post my great uncle ,served at Gallipoli ,he was later killed at Ypres he is buried at Tyne Cot cemetery
    His name is Cpl Jimmy Rae 22 years of age and to think at that age he was a veteran

    My the wind always be at your back
    My the sun always shine gently on your face
    My the path be smooth and gentle
    My God hold you in the palm of his hand
    Until we meet again Uncle Jimmy

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    Corporal Oscar Pitcock

    Co. B 364th Inf. Regt. 91st Division AEF. A proud and long-gone but not forgotten veteran of the Meuse-Argonne.

    Remembrances, grandpa.

    Howard M. Pitcock Master Sergeant (Retired) HHC, 70th Armored Bn. 1st Cav Div (Attached) Pusan to Pyongyang August-November 1950.

    I love you, Dad.

    Posted behind the false door but I'll bring it here too. If belated surely no harm done to their memories. They saw the elephant. I had the good fortune not to during my service and stand upon their giant shoulders.

    Today I lost a good friend to cancer who did his time defending the frontiers of freedom in W. Germany from 1972-1974. In memory of Specialist 4 Doug Robichaud.
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    Today I lost a good friend to cancer who did his time defending the frontiers of freedom in W. Germany from 1972-1974. In memory of Specialist 4 Doug Robichaud.
    We where there at the same time, doing our best, just miles apart.. RIP Doug

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    Thanks Dave. He was a real good guy and I'll deeply miss him. I'm appreciative.
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    Rest in peace Doug.
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    Thanks much, Walter. He was your kind of guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave lukins View Post
    We where there at the same time, doing our best, just miles apart.. RIP Doug
    Ditto RIP


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