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Yorkie 08-03-2014 11:12 AM

WW1 The Great War Centenary
 
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Yorkie 08-03-2014 11:20 AM

So you were David’s father,
And he was your only son,
And the new-cut peats are rotting
And the work is left undone,
Because of an old man weeping,
Just an old man in pain,
For David, his son David,
That will not come again.

Oh, the letters he wrote you,
And I can see them still,
Not a word of the fighting,
But just the sheep on the hill
And how you should get the crops in
Ere the year get stormier,
And the Bosches have got his body,
And I was his officer.

You were only David’s father,
But I had fifty sons
When we went up in the evening
Under the arch of the guns,
And we came back at twilight -
O God! I heard them call
To me for help and pity
That could not help at all.

Oh, never will I forget you,
My men that trusted me,
More my sons than your fathers’,
For they could only see
The little helpless babies
And the young men in their pride.
They could not see you dying,
And hold you while you died.

Happy and young and gallant,
They saw their first-born go,
But not the strong limbs broken
And the beautiful men brought low,
The piteous writhing bodies,
They screamed “Don’t leave me, sir”,
For they were only your fathers
But I was your officer.

On the evening of 16th May, 1916 Lieutenant Ewart Alan Mackintosh and Second Lieutenant Mackay of the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders led a raid on the German trenches in the sector of the front line north-west of Arras.

By the end of the night there were sixteen British casualties, which included fourteen wounded and two killed. One of the two dead soldiers was Private David Sutherland.

Private David Sutherland has no known grave. His name is commemorated in Bay 8 of the Arras Memorial to the Missing at Faubourg d'Amiens military cemetery in Arras.

gerryowen 08-03-2014 01:01 PM

Thanks York.

Yorkie 08-03-2014 04:45 PM

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Souvenir King.

His name was John (Barney) Hines and he was an Australian soldier. Picture probably made after the Battle of Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Flanders, 1917.

Many soldiers took souvenirs from the battlefields or, sometimes, stole them directly from captured or dead enemies. Private Barney Hines was known as the Souvenir King due to his escapades of robbing the German dead. Apparently the Kaiser heard of him and branded him a "barbarian... typical of Australian Troops on the Western Front".

Of Irish descent, but born in Liverpool, Barney Hines ran away to the army at the age of 14 but was dragged home by his mother. Two years later he joined the Royal Navy and served during the Boxer Rebellion in China. He fell sick with malaria, was discharged, went gold seeking around the world and served in South Africa during the Boer War. When the Great War broke out he was working in a sawmill in Australia. Despite being in his early 40s, he tried to enlist but was turned down on medical grounds. Undeterred, he haunted recruting centres until he was accepted. His time in France added to his legend. He generally disdained conventional weapons such as his Lee Enfield rifle preferring to go into action with two sandbags packed with Mills bombs (hand grenades).

beuwolf88 08-04-2014 01:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Yorkie (Post 2043552)
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Souvenir King.

His name was John (Barney) Hines and he was an Australian soldier. Picture probably made after the Battle of Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Flanders, 1917.

Many soldiers took souvenirs from the battlefields or, sometimes, stole them directly from captured or dead enemies. Private Barney Hines was known as the Souvenir King due to his escapades of robbing the German dead. Apparently the Kaiser heard of him and branded him a "barbarian... typical of Australian Troops on the Western Front".

Of Irish descent, but born in Liverpool, Barney Hines ran away to the army at the age of 14 but was dragged home by his mother. Two years later he joined the Royal Navy and served during the Boxer Rebellion in China. He fell sick with malaria, was discharged, went gold seeking around the world and served in South Africa during the Boer War. When the Great War broke out he was working in a sawmill in Australia. Despite being in his early 40s, he tried to enlist but was turned down on medical grounds. Undeterred, he haunted recruting centres until he was accepted. His time in France added to his legend. He generally disdained conventional weapons such as his Lee Enfield rifle preferring to go into action with two sandbags packed with Mills bombs (hand grenades).

He failed to deal with life after WW1..

For 40 years afterwards he lived in a humpy made of cloth bags near Mount Druitt on the outskirts of Sydney, and never married. The humpy was surrounded by a fence on which he hung helmets taken from German soldiers; he became well known to locals, though school children were afraid of him.

the demon 08-04-2014 01:19 AM

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He failed to deal with life after WW1..

For 40 years afterwards he lived in a humpy made of cloth bags near Mount Druitt on the outskirts of Sydney, and never married. The humpy was surrounded by a fence on which he hung helmets taken from German soldiers; he became well known to locals, though school children were afraid of him.

Sad as suck. War can really fuck a mind up. WW1 and 2 were particularly brutal. These wars and conflicts today can't even compare to the massive death and destruction of those wars.

tarnoch 08-04-2014 01:50 AM

Gary Cooper and Alvin York
 
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3rd3y3 08-04-2014 03:41 AM

Fucking fuck ww1

A collision of stupid thinking on a grand european scale.

radgy 08-04-2014 03:51 AM

my grampa thought he was slick,snuck on a ship when he was 14 ended up a camp cook somewhere...got gassed.....lost a lung to it...wonder if that shit got into his dna?lung cancer is a big killer in my family

Yorkie 08-17-2014 11:48 AM



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