Category Archives: History

Heroes all

Ordinary men in troubled times On decks we stand and cry, Fearful, afraid, uncertain yet all prepared to die   Landing craft pitch and heave bump and ride the tide Ramps grind then fall open; the gates of hell flung … Continue reading

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Dozer

Outside the station, Dozer sat wrapped in a grubby blanket and yet he still felt frozen. He watched impassively as the concert goers passed by. Girls in short skirts, guys in smart casuals; young and old they were streaming along … Continue reading

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Angel

The sickly smell of death and decay mingled with cordite in the chill, night air. Soaking wet and slowly freezing in the darkness, Corporal William Harman MM lay broken and bleeding in the sodden shell hole. Scattered all around him … Continue reading

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Hero?

The girl looked at the medal pinned to his chest and smiled broadly. “Mais vous êtes un héro, monsieur. Nous sommes honorés par votre service, je ne pouvais pas prendre votre argent.» Corporal Bill Harman had paid nearly a month’s … Continue reading

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17 Words

“Regret to announce that your husband Cpl William Harman has been killed in action. Letter to follow.” Jim, the old postmaster, had delivered the telegram personally, and now stood, wringing his cap, at the door. “Edith, I’m so very sorry… … Continue reading

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Seventy Years Of Washing

Ordinary men in troubled timesOn decks we stand and cry,Fearful, afraid, uncertainyet all prepared to die Landing craft pitch and heavebump and ride the tideRamps grind then fall;the gates of hell flung wide Young soldiers all, we surge and runthrough … Continue reading

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London

Vehicles cough through grimy streets. Ant-like, workers scurry to their tasks. History seeps from every brick and stone, but not one stops to take note.

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