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I had a Great Uncle who was KIA that morning  right before the cease fire
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hoadie deceased member medals are to be worn on the right side , your own medals are on the left .none for me i served 4 years needed 6 to get one
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I see. Here, you can't wear them at all, unless you earned them.
Legion service medals are worn on right when in uniform..but Military medals on left.
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many different rules hoadie for each country but most English based military are right side for deceased members .I eventually would like to March with my dads medals at home in Australia on Anzac Day.someone from the family always marches for him.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hoadie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 10 2020 at 3:54pm
I've seen clips of that.

BTW an old member on this forum sent me a beer cozie back in 2007 done up in ANZAC Day motif (thru Tooheys brewery).

Turned down an offer in '86 to be a tour guide @ Galipolli. I would go & do it 3 X per year. Would mean I would hafta quit my regular job. Money wasn't very good, & as a newly wed I knew that would go over like a fart in a space suit.
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..Oh forgot to mention..he sent me a "2 up" game as well
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hoadie many years ago I was in huskisson (jervis bay) NSW and my wife and I where having a win at 2 up . This old bloke came over with his ww1 medals on and said I’ll show you how to play ended up losing a few bucks to him and bought him a few beers. He was in gallipoli  in ww1  light horse ,great bloke . I think my generation will see the last of these warriors from ww1/2 ,Korea and Vietnam all pass us by . I will remember them .
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I was fortunate to be @ the age whereby I was able to meet & talk with quite a few 1st war veterans - 2nd as well. Know a few that were in Korea. Odd thing about Korea.. per capita the Korean vets have checked - out faster & younger than 1st or 2nd war vets..the civilians as well.Romeo Daley (Pres. of Korean Vets Assoc/ Niagara & central figure in documentary "Return to Kapyong) told me it was / is because of "Agent Orange". He said that purple dust was everywhere..always on your boots & clothes & the ground & crops. Covering civilians & soldiers alike
That stuff wasn't just used in V/Nam.
Look at how young the Viet vets are checking out. Again - would appear to be A/O as the culprit.
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i found this on another site - i thought "it needs to be here" 

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I used to go there all the time, "The Wildfowl Trust" is there in Slimbridge!

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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What an amazing tribute.
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thanks for posting that A Square. A wonderful tribute!
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When I first participated in Armistice Day parades from the Armory to the Cenotaph as a member of the SD&G Highlanders (Canadian Army Infantry Reserve unit dating back to the late 1700’s), there were a number of WWI Vets present.  That was in 1977.  Many of the WWII vets were in their late 40’s and early ‘50s.  

Now, none of the first war and very few of the second war vets are left.  

We will remember them. 


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His legs were broke, his wounds did bleed,

The soldier called him ‘Noble Steed’,

And put a bullet through his brain.

Then the soldier kneeling down,

Bent his head and cried,

‘You were the noblest beast of all,

Did your duty - answered the call’,

And I am filled with grateful pride

Through all the charges you carried me,

And never did you falter.

Though bullets whistled past your side,

And many men and horses died,

Your pace would never alter.

And so my friend this is goodbye,

I’ve done my best for you,

I’ve sent you to a safer place,

Where horses graze in gentle grace,

And wish I could go too.

Then in the sky above all noise,

He heard a singing lark.

He felt it was an Angel’s song,

And knew his life would not be long,

As the sniper’s bullet hit its mark.

They found them lying side by side,

A soldier and his noble Steed,

What sacrifice by man and beast,

Too high a price to pay for peace,

More than God and Man agreed.

(Grantham)

Horses of WW1


Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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i found one more to share -

Some doggerel by a hack poet named Kipling:
Tommy
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
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