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    Centenary of the 1918 Armistice

    Of course until the repeat tragedy of WW2 it was known as the Great War or ironically the war to end all wars.


    All wars are horrific but 1914-18 had added brutality the first gas use by the Germans, the start of aerial bombing of not just combatants.



    If we think of the level of medicine, surgery and rehabilitation even for generals in a chateau sanitarium let alone the "Baldricks and Adolfs" in the trenches where men drowned in mud and lived in sewage with awful diet

    In some of the futile over the top assaults many were maimed , blinded , amputated, plus unrecognised trauma, those who died may have been the lucky ones.The 1930s had streets litter with disabled ex serviceman begging playing tin whistles and selling buttons, poor treatment of vets seems endemic.

    I hope the focus this weekend will help the young to learn the horror and work in harmony with others to create peace and understanding. As IEDs and chemical killers can be attached to a drone the need has never been greater.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_war_to_end_war

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/...-trenches.html



    While women gained emancipation and the victors colonies the short sighted Trianon treaty sowed the seeds of WW@ and is still a term of abuse in divided Hungarian peoples.

    https://dailynewshungary.com/quotes-...garian-people/



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemic...in_World_War_I

    Imagine how bad it was in Ireland my grandad volunteered for the "fun"

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    For anyone who has never seen Blackadder series do so , the final covers WW1 with a black gallows humour unequalled in the other hilarious episodes,
    Together with numerous books films we have a flavour of it, I visited Vimy as a child where the Canadians and Germans were in spitting distance of each other overlooking the slag heaps of Carvin and Seclin and the endless plain that extends from Artois to the Urals, later driving from the channel ports of N France the endless war graves from both conflicts. I visited Gurs,Dacha and Matthausen Kz in Austria and was pleased to see school groups learning the reality of intolerance that continues unabated in Congo,Syria,Yemen etc



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    Australian soldiers look up at the names of those who went missing in World War I, engraved on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium



    The body of an unknown Australian World War I soldier is laid to rest in Tyne Cot Military Cemetery on November 6, 2018, in Ypres, Belgium. Two Australian and one British unknown soldier were buried with full military honors during a commemoration service.


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    Different players with different treaties but could easily happen again. One insignificant spark is all it takes.


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    As an aside, I have organised this year's Royal British Legion "Poppy Appeal" here in Phuket, and will be at the UK Embassy for the commemoration service this Sunday. Hopefully I'll have some photos to post next week.

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    We're going for a good old fashioned 'piss-up' to remember a few old pals and relatives in different wars on Sunday morning. It'll be a German/Brit get together, which I'm sure would go down well with a few lost Troys from WW1.

    Always have a laugh about one of my less fortunate relatives from WW1. He was killed in the Battle of Amiens in 1918, having survived being in France since the start. Two of the cemeteries he ended up being buried in were blown up later and bits of him were put into a third one, which I visited about 5 years ago. Anyway, forget the RIP as it is next to a high speed rail link into Paris so a TGV runs by every 20 mins or so shaking the whole area. Only good thing is there was decent sweet corn growing in the fields around which formed part of a very nice picnic.

    I mentioned this some years back, but worth repeating: the most eerie part of visiting the burial sites of my family that were killed in WW1 was that many had the same first and second christian names as myself. (Eldest son tradition, which spooked the wife seeing 'me' on all the grave stones and memorials)

    R.I.P. to those that fell in all wars,,,,

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    Hell of a lot going on in the UK in preparation for this coming Sunday.
    Will post some pics up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    R.I.P. to those that fell in all wars,,,,
    And no lessons learned - by those who are still alive (how long?)...

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    Our cadets have to be careful these days, a sorry state of affairs...

    Army cadet, 15, burned with aerosol can and lighter after he sold Remembrance Day poppies in Manchester city centre


    An Army cadet suffered burns in an unprovoked attack after selling poppies for Remembrance Day.
    The 15-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop in his camouflage uniform when a man holding an aerosol can and cigarette lighter approached him.
    He then sprayed the terrified boy with blazing fumes before walking off without saying a word.

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    An Army Cadet suffered burns in an unprovoked attack after selling poppies for Remembrance Day (file pic)


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    The cadet, who was wearing his camouflaged uniform, suffered minor burns to his face and singed hairs on his face and right forearm as he waited for a bus by the by the Manchester Art Gallery, pictured

    The cadet suffered minor burns to his face and singed hairs on his face and right forearm.
    Police are keeping an open mind about what motivated the attack in Manchester city centre on Saturday.
    The attacker, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, was described as black or Asian, 5ft 8in tall and wearing a dark hooded top.
    He was last seen walking away from the bus stop by the Manchester Gallery opposite George Street around 6pm.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ty-centre.html

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    Remembrance Day 2018: 19 stunning pictures of YOUR displays from across North Staffordshire

    This Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, when the Armistice was signed in November 1918. As thousands of people across the UK come together this weekend to remember our fallen heroes, hundreds of very talented people in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire have been busy putting together their own displays - from schools and businesses to community groups and nurseries. Take a look at the pictures below - aren't they wonderful?

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    1. Madeley High School Remembrance Poppy Display includes over 500 hand painted ceramic poppies created by both students and staff. Pictured is Gemma Stockdale who is an art teacher and Katie Leath, the faculty leader of performance and expressive arts.1 of 19
    2. This amazing piece of artwork was created by the children at Alsager Primary School. Each child brought an extra item of clothing into school and then spelt out the words 'Thank You' - all 270 children and staff took part. Isn't it wonderful?2 of 19
    3. The Dougie Mac in Blurton commemorated the First World War Centenary with a Remembrance Service at the hospice. The North Staffs Military Vehicle Group attended with a number of service vehicles and over 70 patients plus their families, as well as staff and volunteers, attended the service which included a two-minute silence. Pictured is Roy Jones with Pigeon Harry and George Franks.3 of 19
    4. Another picture from Dougie Mac's special day.4 of 19
    5. Kieron Bassan, the owner of Absolute Barbers in Newcastle has a poppy display hanging from his shop frontage. Tthe poppies were made by children from Seabridge Primary School and the official opening was held with members of the armed forces.5 of 19
    6. Children from Seabridge Primary (L-R) Jack Oakes, Eliza Stanner, Ruben Chatha and Tilly Konabare at Absolute Barbers in Newcastle6 of 19
    7. Members of the armed forces outside Absolute Barbers in Newcastle.7 of 19
    8. A Weeping Window has been recreated using embroidered poppies at St Giles Church, Newcastle. The display commemorates the people of Newcastle who died in the First World War. There are 770 names in the book of remembrance, but the project was so well received there are 1,300 poppies. Pictured: Sheila Gurney (who helped to make the poppies) and Revd Peter Nisbeck.8 of 19
    9. A stunning steel silhouette representing a local legends journey towards pacifism and the women's suffrage movement has been unveiled at an award-winning park in the lead-up to Remembrance Sunday. The poignant window scene, next to the rose garden at Brampton Park, features author, feminist and war nurse Vera Brittain whose initial idealistic views changed dramatically as a result of her traumatic experiences during the First World War. Children from the Giggles and Wiggles nursery were asked to unveil the sculpture.9 of 19
    10. A close up of the silhouette at Brampton Park.10 of 19
    11. This wonderful poppy display was produced by the very talented children at Milton Primary School. Isn't is amazing?11 of 19
    12. Three-year-old Robyn Rushton from Giggles and Wiggles Nursery at the steel silhouette in Brampton Park.12 of 19
    13. Children at Forest Park Primary School, in Woodhall Street, Stoke-on-Trent, have been making poppies for a display in the playground. Pictured is Sabawoon Waziry 10, and Almaas Raza, 10.13 of 19
    14. A poppy installation at the Longton Reformed Church. The poppies were made by members of the church Girl's Brigade, Boy's Brigade and Youth Group. Seen with the poppies are members of the Little Robins Play Group based at the church. Pictured are three-year-olds Freya Fegan and Harry Roper, along with owner Laura Robinson.14 of 19
    15. Werrington Community Volunteers Group will be unveiling their special War Horse display in readiness for the service at 2pm on Sunday, November 11. Maker of the War Horse display Chris Lewis is seen with the poppies installation.15 of 19
    16. Members of the Werrington Community Volunteers Group at the site.16 of 19
    17. This poppy display is from Edenhurst Prep School, in Newcastle.17 of 19
    18. Milton Primary Academy pupils were so inspired by their trip to Middleport Pottery to observe the weeping willow display that they decided they would make their own. The installation of the poppies took over three days, and on Friday, staff and pupils gathered for their Remembrance Service.18 of 19
    19. Children at Our Lady & St Werburgh's Catholic Primary School, in Clayton, have been planting 45 steel poppies made by North Staffordshire company KMF Metal. The poppies are available to buy for 10 each with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

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    What are the best poems for Remembrance Day?
    Poems written by those interned to the trenches during the Great War can be the best way to evoke the memory of past conflict.
    Here are some of the most notable poems for Remembrance Day.
    The Ode of Remembrance by Laurence Binyon
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.


    Remembrance Day 2018 wishes and quotes: Best poems and messages to mark Remembrance Day (Image: GETTY)
    In Flander’s Fields by John McCree
    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.

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    Thanks for that collection of posts Chitty. Nice to get a view direct from the UK, instead of some of the posts on Facebook trying to make political and personal capital.

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    An emotional day!

    100 years!

    From what I've seen today from our youth, the future is in good hands.
    The cadets and other youth groups did us proud!

    Abide with me....

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    Looks like the Brits did a wonderful job for the celebration,

    I noticed that for war remembrance they always take great care in doing the celebration right, as a real tribute, holding remembrance events even in remote villages

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    A bit piss poor that the UK Govt would not allow the ex Rhodesian forces march or lay a wreath at the Cenotaoh.

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    A selection of photos from this year's event at the British Embassy, Bangkok. I'd travelled up on the Saturday afternoon, staying at the Adelphi Suites on Soi 8. There was a social evening on the Saturday night at the Queen Vic Club in the Embassy grounds that was quite well attended, with a lot of RBL members from Pattaya and elsewhere there. Thought that I'd possibly be the only former Royal Marine there on the Sunday morning, but no, there turned out to be 9 of us, by far the largest contingent of any of the forces. After the ceremonies, there was an excellent afternoon session again in the Queen Vic, before a gaggle of taxis took us to 'The Stumble Inn' on Nana, still all booted and spurred.





    Pipe band from the British Club.



    Choir leading 'Abide With Me'.



    Wreathes ready to be placed by the various contingents.



    From us.



    Some other nation military representatives.



    UK Military Attache with his German counterpart.



    British Ambassador (no comment).



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