Topic: Blog

Date: 24/05/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: George Bagnell

Sorry I missed the day George but never late than never. Happy Birthday

Date: 22/05/2019

By: barry

Subject: Vetrans Pin

I saw a Facebook entry by some gadge saying how proud he was to wear the thing I sent mine back I'm an ex serviceman never a Vetran didn't like the name..Sometime ago we were Ex Servicemen if I remember rightly ( is there some Yanky influence here)

Date: 22/05/2019

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Re: Vetrans Pin

Barry, I'm inclined to agree with you there are many examples of creeping Americanism in the English language even in how the words are pronounced, namely in changing the vowel sounds, no doubt TV has a lot to answer for but it would be nice if ''Announcers'' would be taught correct English before being aloud to add to the corruption ......

Date: 24/05/2019

By: Barry

Subject: Re: Re: Vetrans Pin

Thank you Mr Mather I can always rely on you

To anyone who want to know. Dick was and is the Smartest Soldier I ever met notwithstanding that Tankie we had at JLR in 58 Mc something or other

Date: 21/05/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: Belated Greetings

From a MankyTanky to a Donky Walloper. Sorry I missed the date my old mate so here is to you and may you have many, many more.

Date: 14/05/2019

By: Neville in Canada

Subject: Happy Birthday

Have a great day Garry & enjoy life. Have many more to come in the future. Take care stay safe, healthy & happy.....Neville.

Date: 14/05/2019

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Greetings

Many Happy Returns of the Day Garry, hope the sun continues to shine for you.......

Date: 14/05/2019

By: Dick Ward

Subject: Re: Greetings

Happy Birthday Gary - have an enjoyable day

Date: 11/05/2019

By: Mick Burgess

Subject: The Last Post

The Last Post *

I suppose some of you are familiar with this story – for those who aren’t….perhaps it may add an extra and special dimension to this familiar tune.

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which The Last Post was played, this brings out a new meaning of it.

Here is something everyone should know. Until I read this, I didn't know.

We have all heard the haunting song,

'The Last Post.'

It's the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

But, do you know the story behind the song?

If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble Beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in

Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, The Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him towards his encampment.

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead..

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier...

It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out.

Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status.

His request was only partially granted.

The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.

The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler.

He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.

This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as 'The Last Post' used at military funerals was born.

The words are:

Day is done.

Gone the sun.

From the lakes

From the hills.

From the sky.

All is well.

Safely rest.

God is nigh.

Fading light.

Dims the sight.

And a star.

Gems the sky.

Gleaming bright.

From afar.

Drawing nigh.

Falls the night...

Thanks and praise.

For our days.

Neath the sun

Neath the stars.

Neath the sky

As we go.

This we know.

God is nigh.

I too have felt the chills while listening to 'The Last Post'

But I have never seen all the words to the song until now.

I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if

You had either so I thought I'd pass it along.

I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.


Date: 11/05/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: My Birthday

Many thanks to you for the wishes you sent me. Still trying to stay young but sometimes I feel like 80!!!!!!

Date: 11/05/2019

By: Mick

Subject: Re: My Birthday

Likewise mate hope you and Maureen had a great day with the family. *o is no age mate just remember you are as old as your dreams !!!!

Date: 10/05/2019

By: Neville in Canada

Subject: Happy Birthday Charlie

Sorry mate I missed your birthday on the 8th, anyway hope you had a great day. Wishing you many more in future years.
Take care stay safe, healthy & happy.... Neville.

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