Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Off-Topic > Off-Topic > International affairs/politics  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05.05.2011, 08:55
Carlos R's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Roundn'about Basel
Posts: 7,231
Groaned at 105 Times in 95 Posts
Thanked 9,934 Times in 4,178 Posts
Carlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond repute
RIP Chuckles

Quote:
Last WWI combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110

The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Choules, has died in Australia aged 110

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13289607
Europe - at least - owes his generation a debt of gratitude.

For those who never came home...

The Great War
by Vernon Scannell (b.1922)
Whenever war is spoken of
I find
The war that was called Great invades the mind:
The grey militia marches over land
A darker mood of grey
Where fractured tree-trunks stand
And shells, exploding, open sudden fans
Of smoke and earth.
Blind murders scythe
The deathscape where the iron brambles writhe;
The sky at night
Is honoured with rosettes of fire,
Flares that define the corpses on the wire
As terror ticks on wrists at zero hour.
These things I see,
But they are only part
Of what it is that slyly probes the heart:
Less vivid images and words excite
The sensuous memory
And, even as I write,
Fear and a kind of love collaborate
To call each simple conscript up
For quick inspection:
Trenches' parapets
Paunchy with sandbags; bandoliers, tin-hats.
Candles in dugouts,
Duckboards, mud and rats.
Then, like patrols, tunes creep into the mind:
A long, long trail, The Rose of No-Man's Land,
Home Fire and Tipperary:
And through the misty keening of a band
Of Scottish pipes the proper names are heard
Like fateful commentary of distant guns:
Passchendaele, Bapaume, and Loos, and Mons.
And now,
Whenever the November sky
Quivers with a bugle's hoarse, sweet cry,
The reason darkens; in its evening gleam
Crosses and flares, tormented wire, grey earth
Splattered with crimson flowers,
And I remember,
Not the war I fought in
But the one called Great
Which ended in a sepia November
Four years before my birth.
__________________
Never let right or wrong get in the way of a good opinion
Reply With Quote
The following 10 users would like to thank Carlos R for this useful post:
  #2  
Old 05.05.2011, 09:16
TidakApa's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Top of a Triangle
Posts: 2,992
Groaned at 38 Times in 29 Posts
Thanked 5,673 Times in 2,039 Posts
TidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond repute
Re: RIP Chuckles

Lest we forget
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank TidakApa for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 05.05.2011, 09:45
basher's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Zurich
Posts: 958
Groaned at 3 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 1,463 Times in 514 Posts
basher has a reputation beyond reputebasher has a reputation beyond reputebasher has a reputation beyond reputebasher has a reputation beyond reputebasher has a reputation beyond reputebasher has a reputation beyond repute
Re: RIP Chuckles

Very poignant posting - thanks for drawing our attention to that.
Strangely enough, we were only talking of of visit to the Somme cemetries just over a year ago. We visited Tyne Cott (the largest allied cemetry, I believe)near the Ypres salient - it was just a numbing experience.
Finally went to see the huge Menin Gate, where after a lot of searching amongst the 50 odd thousand names inscribed on it, we found our great-uncle. Strangely, it was an extremely emotional experience.
Huge sacrifices (on all sides) that should never be forgotten.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank basher for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 05.05.2011, 10:29
TidakApa's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Top of a Triangle
Posts: 2,992
Groaned at 38 Times in 29 Posts
Thanked 5,673 Times in 2,039 Posts
TidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond reputeTidakApa has a reputation beyond repute
Re: RIP Chuckles

Hopefully this link will work:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-...s-dead-at-110/

I had just finished reading this when I first saw this thread.

I also had Granfathers in both WW1 and WW2, so I found this quite sad to read.

Here are some great points from the story listed above (in case the link ever fails)

Claude Choules:





  • Born in Britain and raised in Wyre Piddle, Mr Choules joined the Royal Navy in 1915 at 14.
  • At 16 joined the British Grand Fleet aboard HMS Revenge
  • He settled in Fremantle after he was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy in 1926
  • IS RECOGNISED AS THE ONLY LIVING VETERAN WHO SERVED IN BOTH WORLD WARS
  • He was declared the last known survivor of the more than 70 million military personnel mobilised globally during The Great War
  • Survived the Gallipoli landing.
  • Mr Choules recorded many of the twists and turns of his long life in his autobiography "The Last of the Last".



I have had a happy life, he said from his home at the Gracewood Hostel in Salter point in 2009. I dont think there was anything in my life I would wish had not happened.
- Claude Choules, 2009 (died 2011 aged 110yo)
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank TidakApa for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
last serviceman, rip, wwi




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Equalizer - RIP swisscath General off-topic 17 17.11.2009 13:35
Zurich - Chuckles comedy club DanielL Social events 5 10.11.2007 19:01
Chuckles English stand-up Comedy Night in Zug Andaleeb Commercial events 1 04.05.2007 16:11
Chuckles English stand-up Comedy Night in Zurich Andaleeb Commercial events 1 04.05.2007 09:51
Chuckles English Stand-Up Comedy Night in Lucerne Andaleeb Commercial events 0 28.04.2007 18:09


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 17:21.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0