SO8227 : In Flanders Field, Hasfield Church

taken 11 years ago, near to Hasfield, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

In Flanders Field, Hasfield Church
In Flanders Field, Hasfield Church
John McCraes's poem on the wall of Hasfield church is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of the First World War.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McRae wrote this poem in May 1915 when due to the chaplain being elsewhere he was asked to conduct the burial service of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who was killed on 2 May, 1915 by a German artillery shell.
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Thursday, 24 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 24 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 826 275 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:56.7541N 2:15.2558W
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