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Remembrance Sunday, South Shields

Old Soldiers

Veterans of the DLI (Durham Light Infantry) who were locally recruited and can trace their history back to 1758, line up to remember their comrades “The Faithful”, at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in South Shields.

For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is a music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted:
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

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.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 200mm lens, 1/200 second, f6.7, iso 200

This is the last in this year’s series of Remembrance Day pictures from South Shields.



Written by curly

November 16, 2007 at 12:01 am

5 Responses

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  1. Curly, this series is simply excellent. This image is serious and somber, carrying a sense of respect and sorrow. Your emotional connection to the subject comes through. The set would be a worthy entry in a photojournalism contest.


    November 16, 2007 at 2:19 am

  2. Curly, if I had an award for best Remebrance Day post, I’d certainly hand it to your for this splendid series. Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of it with us.


    November 16, 2007 at 5:17 am

  3. I add my appreciation, Curly. And appreciation to the DLI.


    November 16, 2007 at 10:37 pm

  4. A wonderful depiction of the day. Some of my Grandmother’s 13 siblings were in the Durham Light Infantry – if only they too could have been here today, not lost in the war.

    Liz Elmont

    November 17, 2007 at 8:16 pm

  5. Fantastic B&W photo.


    November 18, 2007 at 4:03 pm

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