By megan, Oct 18 2017 08:30PM
Today''s post comes from choir member, Paul....
"I want to talk to you today about war and about peace.
There is a saying – ‘the first casualty of war is truth’ – attributed to various people.
John Parr is acknowledged to be the first British casualty of world war 1, killed in action near Mons in Belgium on 21st August 1914.
John Parr lied about his age in 1912 to enlist in the army when he said he was fifteen. He did this because he thought it would be a better way of life, for three square meals a day and to see the world. He was seventeen when he was killed.
Who am I?
I am Private George Ellison.
I served in the army right throughout the war and thought I would see it through to return to my wife and 5 year old son.
I was the last British soldier killed in action in World War 1, also near Mons in Belgium at 9.30 am on 11th November 1918, 90 minutes before the armistice.
John and I are laid to rest in St. Symphorien military cemetery, near Mons
You can find our resting places easily, because we are facing each other.
We were the first and the last.
The irony of war is that it is pursued to bring peace. "
“But the past is just the same – and War’s a bloody game….
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget”.