World War One

In commemoration of the eightieth anniversary of the ending of World War One on November 11th 1998, I felt it appropriate to mark the occasion with the writing of two special poems, illustrating the sacrifices ordinary men and women made, 720,000 with their lives on the field of battle itself, so that the rest of us could live in peace. The fact that this has been a broken and fragile peace ever since does nothing to diminish this.

Memories of the events, themselves, inevitably grow fainter with the years and the last few survivors grow fewer, too, year by year, but we must never forget what they did.

Tony Webster (letter to Buckingham Advertiser, November 7th 1998).

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