Today we remember those who perished in the Great War and the wars that came after. In my family they are;
John Tilley, Private 13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
Died in France circa September 1915 aged 24
Martin Kelly, Sergeant, Durham Light Infantry
Killed in Action in France 20th April 1917 aged 29
Michael Mallon, Sergeant 207th Machine Gun Corp
Killed in Action in Flanders Fields 26th September 1917 aged 30
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
Not all died, some made it home to their families
Thomas Nixon, Sgt Major Royal Engineers returned from the war aged 50
Joseph Kelly, Royal Navy, died of sleeping sickness in 1930