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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 1st February, 2019)

On Guard

On Guard
Soldiers on guard in the fog and snow at Aspull Memorial.

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
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Comment by: Veronica on 1st February 2019 at 00:06

What an outstanding tribute to the fallen.... The guards look quite ghostly in the foggy atmosphere.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh on 1st February 2019 at 00:46

Harry , a very poignant photograph very atmospheric . When Iwas a child an old lady who lived in my street lost a son in WW1 she used to talk to me about her son. I wrote the following poem a few years ago , I hope viewers don't mind my posting it -
John Kelly.

(A lad from my street killed in action 1918)
Tom Walsh

John Kelly, who was he ? a man who gave his life for you and me , a man who left his home and friends to fight for freedom to fight the foe.

A life snuffed out before its time in the carnage of that horrendous war. Did he think of his Mother on that fateful day ? did he ponder days of yore?

Did his life before him flash ? did he have time to make his peace with God ? Did he think of a sweetheart, as life blood ebbed away, of children now denied ?

Did he wonder if his body would lie with the glorious dead in a fields wheat and corn, of poppies red and lilies white ? or was his shroud to be the earth and clay.

Did he shed a tear for times that might have been, of growing old with kith and kin? Could he have known in decades hence, a poet would ask ' John Kelly, who was he ?

Comment by: Maureen on 1st February 2019 at 06:22

What a sad but beautiful scene..it somehow hits home more against the foggy background...thank you Harry.

Comment by: Wiggin Lad on 1st February 2019 at 08:03

Back in the 1950s I went to school just over the road from the Cenotaph, one young lad was named Bobby Sutch, his fathers name appears on this memorial, I believe his father was killed during the final days of the war across the channel in France. GOD BLESS them all and thanks Harry for the picture.

Comment by: irene roberts on 1st February 2019 at 08:19

A very moving scene.....rather eerie but respectful and beautiful.

Comment by: Poet on 1st February 2019 at 08:33

There are only around 50 villages in Britain without a war memorial. The two Thankful Villages in Lancashire are Arkholme and Nether Kellet.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 1st February 2019 at 08:43

Nicely done, Harry.

Perfect weather for this type of pic.

Comment by: Harry C, on 1st February 2019 at 09:29

I can't think why anyone should object to your poem Tom, and thanks. H.5

Comment by: Gary on 1st February 2019 at 09:46

The Aspull Memorial always looked the part - in my mind's eye I still see brass bands marching round the Fingerpost on Walking Days.
Thanks Harry - good photo, well composed.

Comment by: Anne on 1st February 2019 at 10:17

Evocative. Almost everything blurred out apart from the central theme.
Well spotted Harry.

Comment by: Mick on 1st February 2019 at 11:07

Have the two soldiers got swords

Comment by: Elizabeth on 1st February 2019 at 11:12

A very evocative and poignant reminder of all who perished, in WW1 all conflicts since.

Comment by: Pat McC on 1st February 2019 at 11:20

This superb photograph and Tom’s moving tribute sum up the great loss suffered as a result of war.
“....of children now denied” - so poignant.

Thank you.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 1st February 2019 at 11:27

Poet, there are three Thankful Villages in Lancashire, Arkholme,Nether Kellet and Over Kellet.
Arkholme and Nether Kellet are "doubly thankful" as all of the men who served in the 1st and 2nd World Wars all returned.

Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 1st February 2019 at 13:47

Scenes like this leave me speechless, they touch my soul, but I never can put into words how they affect me. I'll just say, God Bless the poor souls of each and everyone who suffered horrors, that we will never know.. May their souls be at everlasting peace....

Comment by: Linma on 1st February 2019 at 17:53

A memorial in Chorley dedicated to The Chorley Pals.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 1st February 2019 at 19:27

What beautiful words Janet.....

Comment by: Fred Mason on 1st February 2019 at 19:39

Lovely, Janet....Just lovely and well said...

Comment by: Ken R on 1st February 2019 at 20:33

Great photo Harry, your are looking up Haigh Rd, a very somber scene.

Comment by: Steve on 1st February 2019 at 20:49

No Mick rifles with fixed bayonets.

Comment by: Dorothy on 1st February 2019 at 23:16

A lovely scene, respectfully reminding us of soldiers who gave their life for our country. An ancestor of mine was in the Manchester Regiment. I do believe that the once Vicar of Haigh lost 3 sons. I have stood around the Cenotaph on many occasions on our Walking Days with the Brass Band playing Hymns. The scene brings back so many memories of growing up in Aspull. Thank you Harry.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd February 2019 at 00:01

The ice and snow only serves to remind us of their endurance living in the trenches for weeks on end. Suffering with 'trench foot' and frostbite whilst standing in water- we can only imagine in our wildest dreams how they suffered. The 'figures' are so apt in keeping watch over slumbering comrades.

Comment by: H, on 2nd February 2019 at 08:06

Steve, I think Mick means the two small crosses by the soldiers. You're right Ken facing up Haigh Rd.

Comment by: DTease on 2nd February 2019 at 16:19

The father of 'Bobby Sutch' (mentioned earlier by Wiggin Lad) was Robert Henry Sutch b. 1918 Aspull.
He joined the Welsh Regiment and was killed in the fighting around Falaise shortly after DDay.
Robert Henry died on the 12th of August 1944 and his son 'Bobby' was born in December of the same year.
Buried at Bannville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, he had been married for just short of two years when he was killed.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 3rd February 2019 at 17:12

Dorothy - the Vicar of Haigh lost all four of his sons. His two daughters did Red Cross work - the younger, Phyllis, was a nurse and one of the Head Cooks at The Beeches in Standish, when it was the Woodlands No.3 Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital.

Comment by: Sam h on 5th February 2019 at 10:49

Such a tragic time rev God bless them and there family's .

Comment by: John Brown on 19th February 2019 at 20:20

Ethereal, is the word that comes to mind.

Comment by: Laura on 8th November 2019 at 16:31

Bravo Harry the fallen flag heightens the exquisite poignancy of this remembrance scene

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