This year, for the first time I had the opportunity to go to the Battlefields of the Somme, and this is the first Remembrance Sunday since that trip.
This morning we went to St Nicholas’s Church in Newnham, a tiny village near Hook in Hampshire. There not being many folk in the surrounding areas, five of the parishes joined together to remember those who died in the two world wars. Five bemedalled men, one a veteran of D Day, read the names: five here, two there, one elsewhere. Each one, read out: Initial, Surname. Like a school roll call, but each one a dad, a brother, a son, an uncle….
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