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Offline Gyppo

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Uncle George
« on: August 24, 2017, 05:38:33 PM »
I discovered today that Uncle George,
Dad's older brother,
the Hurricane pilot
shot down in World War Two,
didn't die over England
as I'd always believed.

Dad hardly spoke about it,
their generation tended not to.
So with a child's imagination,
fuelled by 'war comics',
I pictured him twisting and turning,
one of the 'Heroic Few'
in the Battle of Britain.

He died in Egypt,
flying ground support
for the desert soldiers.
He has a memorial stone there,
as well as the named poppy cross
I plant nearly every year in England.

Somehow, and I'm not sure why,
dying away from home
makes it even more poignant.


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Re: Uncle George
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 05:53:22 PM »
A toast to Uncle George. 🥃 May he rest in peace.


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Re: Uncle George
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 05:45:57 AM »
Lovely, Gyppo.

In my war story, I write about the Christmas Day when the regiment didn't receive any Christmas mail in the desert.  The mood was very low.  One chap decided he'd had enough and set out in a sand storm to fetch the mail three miles away.  He never returned.  This was a true story.

Some were very brave, others very foolish thinking they were being heroes.