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The Last Post. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
The Last Post.
Chief Petty Officer Charles Choules, 3 March 1901 - 5 May 2011.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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From: tree_and_leaf Date: May 5th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just reading his obituary; it sounds as if he was a remarkable man.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 5th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed, yes.

As were they all.
fpb From: fpb Date: May 5th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 5th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


fpb From: fpb Date: May 6th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes.

When I was ten, I visited the military cemetery on Monte Grappa, where my people turned to bay and held on against overwhelming odds in the terrible winter of 1917-18. On every grave, the word "presente" - the individual soldier's answer to a roll-call - is carved, as if to say that the dead are still there to defend the pass even if the living no longer can.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: May 6th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Farewell to the last of them.

I wonder for how much longer we will have the Few among us.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 6th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Quite so.

Not long, I fear.
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