Poppies

Army, Art, Poetry, Remembrance
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Wave – On display outside Imperial War Museum North (p) Brian F Kirkham Sept 2018

Red poppies are flowing down the top of the earth shard of IWM North

Each poppy was created to remember those who fell in the war to end all wars

Memorial to the host of soldiers who went to the front

Expecting to be home by Christmas

Men not only from the home nations,

But the commonwealth and allies from Europe too

Regiments who met and fought on a field in flanders

As part of the first world war centenary, this artwork is a

Noted reminder, of those who went away to fight and

Came to rest in a foreign field

Each one remembered in the symbol of the poppy

Manchester

Acrostic, Cities, Cityscapes, Memorial, Poetry

Manchester

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An acrostic in memoriam to those affected by the Manchester Arena Bomb

My sister city
As days go on
Never forget those
Cherished individuals
Heaven’s doors are surely open
Everyone remember those who fell – but
Stay strong – don’t allow
Those who did this to win
Everyone knows what a great place you are
Rejoice in remembering the good times ahead

A Busman’s Holiday (with a Lancastrian Twist)

Army, Memorial, Military, Museums, Photography, Places, War

22nd June 2016

Today I took my camera on the tram to Bury, and met up with fellow Imperial War Museum (North) volunteers at the regimental museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

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The Lancashire Fusiliers fought in battles all over the world during their time as a regiment in the United Kingdom, and this museum documented some of the stories as well as the history of the regiment.  The bronze globe reminded me of IWM North’s building – “the shattered globe” as the wire frame showed all the places where the regiment fought in conflict.

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During world war one , and the Gallipoli campaign,  Six Victoria Crosses were issued to men of the Lancashire fusiliers to honour the regiment for their bravery.  They’re known as the “Six VCs before breakfast”.  A painting depicting the scene is on display by this picture.

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For those who needed to know about the army and its structures – a helpful guide was on hand to show how the companies of men were formed.

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In addition to the Uniforms – several weapons were on display, such as the Rifles used by the men of the fusiliers.  In addition to our walk around, we were given an interesting talk by a member of the fusiliers who now works at the museum.

The Fusiliers are now part of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.  This museum honoured those who fought and served in the regiment.

There is a memorial garden in the grounds of the museum containing the local cenotaph, whilst research facilities are available to search through museum archives.

 

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Lancashire Fusiliers Arms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

Memorial, Poppy, Remembrance, War

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It was Remembrance Sunday today.

I went to church this morning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Josephs RC in Ordsall, Salford, where we remembered all those who fell in conflict.  The church Belfry was rebuilt in 1924 as a Memorial to those who died in the first world war and the Altar Windows commemorate those who lost their lives in the Second World War.  A poppy wreath was laid before the Offertory procession.

What made it poignant was the fact the procession of the poppy wreath was led by the Junior members of the congregation.  Alan, a senior member of the congregation gave the solemn promise that goes back to the original time

“At the going down of the sun…we will remember them”

IWM North will be commemorating Remembrance week this week,  I wrote an acrostic last year in commemoration of the occasion.  The link is below.

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/remembrance/

Remembrance

Poetry

Remembrance

By Brian F Kirkham

7th October 2011

Red poppies sway in the Belgian air,
Ever in thanks for the selfless act of those comrades in arms
Making their way, from every village and town
Each individual, with dedication to duty
Made their way to a field in Flanders, a field now
Bearing the scars of war.
Reflect – and give thanks, to that
Army of Men
Never forget – the selflessness of all those
Chosen and called up to arms.
Each one someones father, someones son