E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


PRO PATRIA

1938-1945



These words are probably taken from Horace's Odes "Dulce et decorum est pro patria more", which means "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country" or could be from Wilfred Owen's poem of the same title.

These are the names of the twenty men from St Cross who gave their lives in World War II - for their country.

This plaque is alongside the slightly ostentatious, carefully positioned, memorial for WWI in the tiny War Memorial Chapel.

Unlike the memorial for the First World War there is no mention of rank, military seniority or branch of military service. Their names are listed only in alphabetical order.

The comparative simplicity of this single tablet of stone is startling. It made me realise that it must have been impossible for people to have imagined they would need further debts of remembrance after the Great War ended in 1914, and when the time came they had to find not only the right place but also the right way to try to do the right thing by these people and their families.

The simplicity of this tablet, the way it resembles the top of a tomb, brings home to me the horror of this second world conflict  - that happened within living memory of the survivors of WW1, who thought they had brought peace to Europe.

This memorial is in the right place, it is the right design.


These men are not forgotten.

.....

Today, Tuesday 11th November 2008, in cities, towns and villages throughout the United Kingdom, there will be a two minutes silence, beginning at 11:00 a.m., to mark the exact moment World War One ended.

In my town, in the street alongside the War Memorial, there will be a short service and a prayer of remembrance. Members of the Royal British Legion will stand to attention, dip their flags and bow their heads alongside members of the public who will have gathered round the memorial. They will pause for two minutes to think of those who lost their lives that we might be free from tyranny

.....

This link takes you to a video excerpt from the annual "Festival Of Remembrance" in the Albert Hall.

Please watch it ... *Festival of Remembrance Poppies* ... Each poppy petal represents a life lost.

.....

The time you have taken to read my words and watch that short video will be about two minutes.

It is not long, yet in those two minutes we can reflect on the horrors of war and the debt we owe all those who gave their lives to make sure we, who came after them, would have those two minutes to stop and think.

"When you go home
Tell them of us, and say
For their tomorrow
We gave our today"



"Lest we Forget" - 56,125,262 people lost their lives as a result of action during WW2 -
.

.

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


PRO PATRIA

1938-1945



These words are probably taken from Horace's Odes "Dulce et decorum est pro patria more", which means "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country" or could be from Wilfred Owen's poem of the same title.

These are the names of the twenty men from St Cross who gave their lives in World War II - for their country.

This plaque is alongside the slightly ostentatious, carefully positioned, memorial for WWI in the tiny War Memorial Chapel.

Unlike the memorial for the First World War there is no mention of rank, military seniority or branch of military service. Their names are listed only in alphabetical order.

The comparative simplicity of this single tablet of stone is startling. It made me realise that it must have been impossible for people to have imagined they would need further debts of remembrance after the Great War ended in 1914, and when the time came they had to find not only the right place but also the right way to try to do the right thing by these people and their families.

The simplicity of this tablet, the way it resembles the top of a tomb, brings home to me the horror of this second world conflict  - that happened within living memory of the survivors of WW1, who thought they had brought peace to Europe.

This memorial is in the right place, it is the right design.


These men are not forgotten.

.....

Today, Tuesday 11th November 2008, in cities, towns and villages throughout the United Kingdom, there will be a two minutes silence, beginning at 11:00 a.m., to mark the exact moment World War One ended.

In my town, in the street alongside the War Memorial, there will be a short service and a prayer of remembrance. Members of the Royal British Legion will stand to attention, dip their flags and bow their heads alongside members of the public who will have gathered round the memorial. They will pause for two minutes to think of those who lost their lives that we might be free from tyranny

.....

This link takes you to a video excerpt from the annual "Festival Of Remembrance" in the Albert Hall.

Please watch it ... *Festival of Remembrance Poppies* ... Each poppy petal represents a life lost.

.....

The time you have taken to read my words and watch that short video will be about two minutes.

It is not long, yet in those two minutes we can reflect on the horrors of war and the debt we owe all those who gave their lives to make sure we, who came after them, would have those two minutes to stop and think.

"When you go home
Tell them of us, and say
For their tomorrow
We gave our today"



"Lest we Forget" - 56,125,262 people lost their lives as a result of action during WW2 -
.

.

comments (21)

  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2008, 00:04
We should never forget, a fitting tribute Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Les. I saw your picture and thought of that moment in the last Blackadder. WW1 truly was the end of the line for many families, they were wiped out in an instant.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 11 Nov 2008, 03:58
Lovely capture of this tribute Ellie.
You and Vintage both remembered and pay tribute to the fallen.
EJWilkins: A lot of people have done today, for their own reasons. Thanks Aussie
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Nov 2008, 05:00
Very well presented
EJWilkins: Thanks
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2008, 05:04
Well done, Ellie. Thank you for your posts on this subject. The men and women who fought or worked to protect our countries will never be forgotten. They are all heroes. Each and every one.
EJWilkins: They were, but didn't know it at the time, they were just doing their job. I hope it's never shown that their sacrifice was a waste
I like the simplicity of this image, and I very much like your presentation in the text. A very fitting tribute. (:o)
EJWilkins: Thanks Ros
A timely war piece on Remembrance Day. Always full of such detail smile
EJWilkins: I will try to add more information to this later, from the CWGC site. Thanks Daniel
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 11 Nov 2008, 10:25
Thank you Ellie.
EJWilkins: And thank you for taking the time to comment
Well done, Ellie.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2008, 11:11
I like your presentation of this list of names - a symbol for all the many who lost their lives.
Ingrid
It is great that we do not forget at this time of year, Ellie.
A beautiful presentation for this nice tribute Ellie.
I think you have said it very well Ellie and the simple memorial speaks ever better than words
EJWilkins: It was the contrast Bill, that's what struck me more than anything, and almost the helplessness of the people who erected this.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 11 Nov 2008, 12:13
A very fitting tribute and a vintage feeling image.
A very appropriate tribute Ellie.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2008, 12:28
Very apt tribute for today Ellie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2008, 13:11
A very appropriate and moving tribute for this day- I find it very good to preserve and to remember the names of each person who gave his live in WWII- the Jewish people can set an example to us in that way on many places:
"Then I will set up monuments in my temple with your names written on them. This will be much better than having children,
because these monuments will stand there forever." (Isaia 56, 5, yad va shem)
But I wished that our young people read Horace's words as critically as the last originally Greek words (written on an epithaph for the soldiers of Leonidas who died at the Thermopyles at 480 b.Chr.: "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,/that here obedient to their laws we lie")!
EJWilkins: Not many young people in this country take the time to study the classical texts, not many teachers have either the skill or the knowledge. You're so right though. There is a small Jewish cemetery in Southampton, they tell of WW2 tragedies too. It's all so sad isn't it.
  • FLOOG
  • The tranquility of a contented soul
  • 11 Nov 2008, 15:02
Perfect, Ellie
  • Alan
  • Alongside the Severn, Ironbridge
  • 11 Nov 2008, 16:25
Fine words, Ellie and some very sobering thoughts. The stone carving gives nothing away of the courage of those men.

It's a great shame that despite that tremendous sacrifice, we are do seen to be living under tyranny where what freedoms we once enjoyed are now no longer permitted.
EJWilkins: The more I read in the press the more I am concerned for the future.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2008, 18:14
This is a beautiful tribute.

I woke early this morning and tuned into BBC America shortly before 11am London time. I was able to watch the tribute, reflect during the 2 minutes of silence, and learn a little bit about the 3 remaining survivors of that time. While I am humbled by what these thousands of men and women have done for the world, I long for the day when there is no war.
EJWilkins: I do too Martie, but sadly I think that day is a long way off whilst there are greedy men in the world
Thank you.
Another sad reminder of the 11th.November Ellie, thanks for the link, we watched the broadcast on Saturday, very moving that part of the event.

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