The Society does not seek to glorify Churchill or War. The vast majority of men and women who died in the wars of this century, did not die in glorious charges against the enemy positions. Some died of disease, some of carelessness. Many died of bad luck; and most died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Death in righteous wars is rarely glorious, but it is nonetheless most honourable. The finest way we can Honour Their Memory is to ensure our children understand the causes of war so that they will never permit dictators to ever rise up again.
Mrs Pamela Timms (CHAIRMAN) writes:
With the approach of November and, therefore of Remembrance Day, might this not be an appropriate time to ensure that all our War Memorials are in good order?
It would be heartening to know that by the dawn of the Millennium, all these memorials - whether in small country villages or in large towns and cities - are in pristine condition, so that the youth of the future may look at them and read thereon the names of those who, in the wars of the 20th century, gave their lives for the freedom enjoyed today - with the fervent hope that the youth of the 21st century will not be called upon to make the same sacrifice as that made by their great - grandparents, grandparents, and parents.
The text above - and the poem selected - is the work of Mr Steven Metcalfe. His leadership and ideas re these matters - as is the web site he has created - are excellent and I quote from his e mail:-
"What I am trying to do on my site is to provide details about each man to show that he was a living person and not simply a name carved on a piece of stone. One of my inspirations for doing this work was the poem by Siegfried Sassoon which is quoted in part on my home page. In it he complains of the "intolerably nameless names" on the Menin Gate at Ypres and I believe that what he is saying is that the individual soldiers "lose" their individual identities among the mass of names. Naturally it would depend on the format of your listing, but I feel that simply to list the names of the men would fall into the same trap which Sassoon complained about in his poem. . . . . .
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If you would like to help, please contact:
A full list of UK War Memorial Links is on their web sites.
The UK Friends of War Memorials
The American Legion, 700, North Pennsylvania,
Indianapolis IN 46204 USA
The Military Magazine for the Washington DC area.
The US Army Information Command, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613, USA
US Gulf War Veterans Association:
US WWII Veterans Association:
Department of Veterans' Affairs:
A SPECIAL PAGE where veterans can enter their details and search for old friends:
Veterans News and Information Service:
The Australian War Memorial:
The Western Front Association
Dutch WWII organisations.
- The Dutch all speak English and would be pleased to hear from you.