War is Past

Century – A private of the Royal Engineers on his motorcycle. The chevrons on his lower right sleeve show he is in his third year of overseas service… One Hundred years ago today saw the start of a British offensive at Arras which, by its end a little over a month later saw close to 400,000 losses and casualties on both sides. The motorcycle is a wartime stalwart Triumph Model H.

Edward Thomas a notable wartime poet was killed in action this day. His work extolled the virtues of the English countryside and its invigorating open airs. One of my bosses twenty years ago was the godson of Thomas’ nephew, born in May 1918 he was named after his uncle. 

“And I rose up, and knew that I was tired, and continued my journey”

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4 Comments to “War is Past”

  1. Wonderfully evocative photograph………love the nonchalant cigarette in his left hand…….:-)

  2. Beautiful photo.. possibly to send home for the family.?
    Typical Tommy.. posed with his gasper [fag,!]
    Yesterday, Saturday.. was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the battle of Vimy Ridge.. is it that of which you speak.?
    Have a grand day.. trust all are well.
    WF

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