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1 Posted 21/08/2019 at 20:08:26
2 Posted 21/08/2019 at 20:11:25
We stay at a farmhouse on our way to our Maison Secondaire. The farmhouse is 15 minutes from Azincourt. We smile at the English translation which describes Henry's disease ridden, hungry, dispirited, wounded army wearily dragging themselves across Northern France being constantly harried by French troops. It then says until they faced the French at Azincourt... at which point the leaflet says no more. I wonder why?
3 Posted 21/08/2019 at 21:34:09
Likewise Phil, thanks;
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother, be he ne'er so vile; this day shall gentle his condition; and gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks that fought with us on St Crispin's day".
I am envious of your stopover, I haven't been for over 25 years – the greatest away win in English history.
4 Posted 21/08/2019 at 23:07:15
5 Posted 21/08/2019 at 00:00:03
I just wonder as the UK (that's "united" for now at least) is being dragged out of Europe by closed-mind muppets in the Tory/Brexit parties who display no awareness whatsoever of the wars between European nations that for many hundreds of years damaged the world in which those very warring nations all suffered, "victorious" or not.
6 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:57:14
I was pleased to catch the tail end of the ceremony at Wilf Tomans grave, on the way to the Lille game.
It was an opportunity to honour that man, and another, my Grandad. He was badly wounded in World War 1, but recovered to lead a full and happy life, and to be responsible for 4 further generations of Evertonians.
Lest we forget.
7 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:39:48
8 Posted 23/08/2019 at 01:45:13
Lest We Forget.
9 Posted 23/08/2019 at 04:16:45
Courtesy of your mentions, I have ordered General Jack's Diary and Old Soldiers Never Die from Amazon. I look forward to being further educated about this area.
If I may, two trivial historical addenda to your mention of Lt. Basil Rathbone (who apparently was quite the war hero). One, that same London Scottish regiment included Claude Rains and Ronald Colman. (I have no idea why or how I remember that.) And two, 50 years earlier a distant relative of Rathbone's, US Army Col. Henry Rathbone, had been sitting next to President Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, and was seriously wounded trying to prevent Booth's escape.
10 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:53:26
Y-Farm has an amazing array of stories beneath the graves, including H Dallas Moor VC. His VC was awarded for shooting at his own troops as they panicked and ran at the Battle of Gallipoli, forcing them back into the line. You couldn't make it up.
11 Posted 23/08/2019 at 20:40:09
Mike (9), You've homed in on the mention of Basil; his story and those of Claude Rains and Ronald Coleman were in the original draft, together with Rathbone's co-star Nigel Bruce. The importance of the Rathbone family on Merseyside and the sheer number of WW1 veterans in Hollywood made me take it out as it was threatening to dominate the article and make it even longer. I had visions of Lyndon spending weeks formatting it. I'm going to work it up as a separate article with an admittedly tenuous Goodison connection. I'd quite forgotten about the other guest in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre however; good reminder.
Roy (10) Another large chunk that was lifted from the original is about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and their work, and how each of Everton's dead is remembered. As you say even small cemeteries will usually have many stories, although at 837 graves Y Farm is not what you would call small. I'll be back with that one too
12 Posted 23/08/2019 at 22:18:21
13 Posted 24/08/2019 at 21:57:48
The scores of war cemeteries in this corner of Belgium and France really brings home the monstrosity of the carnage that was WW1, as does the young ages of most of the victims.
If the EEC and EU has done nothing else it has, at least, prevented a repeat.
14 Posted 20/09/2019 at 06:53:46
You must... simply MUST... find and see a 2018 film called "They Shall Not Grow Old" by Peter Jackson of "Lord of the Rings" fame.
I just finished watching it on HBO in the US. It's an extraordinary oral history of WWI made up entirely of the recorded vocal remembrances of well over 100 British veterans of the war -- illustrated by colorized and computer-enhanced images of the old newsreel and movie films of the war. It puts you right in the trenches, and pulls absolutely no punches. Don't eat before you watch it.
Incidentally, I am enjoying General Jack's Diary and I thank you again for your educational efforts on this period in history.
15 Posted 20/09/2019 at 07:14:26
16 Posted 20/09/2019 at 07:46:22
Is the ToffeeWeb Golf Day a TW organised event for anyone or something organised privately by a sub-set of ToffeeWebers?
If the former, can you link to registration/details.
Thanks and good luck to participants.
17 Posted 20/09/2019 at 08:38:47
18 Posted 20/09/2019 at 17:22:29
19 Posted 23/09/2019 at 18:54:58
Good luck with the golf guys, one of the 17 or so things I'm writing at the moment is about our best golfer and his namesake, so this is timely.
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