Friday, 11 November 2016
Being the eleventh of the eleventh this Friday saw a commemorating two minutes silence in the town. I wandered across to see if the memorial had been dressed up as it usually is but nothing was done this year, so far. The town had the Legion standing in the centre, ex WW2 men and some from later 'end of empire' wars, no less dangerous for those involved. There are no memorials for such as they who fell in Israel, Korea, Malaya and the like and few seem interested in those who fell in Northern Ireland, Iraq or Afghanistan, maybe it is time we remembered them also?
The first of what is usually a dozen crosses appeared today at least. This one was there last year also and you note it commemorates a member of the Canadian Forces. He was one of three thousand casualties, out of five thousand who participated in the 'Dieppe Raid' in 1942. This was a foolish project, badly organised and badly led, which in part was to show to the inexperienced US generals the impossibility of making a landing in the Continent during 1942. The rather daft idea was put in its place when this shocking event occurred. It has yet to be explained where the Americans were going to get the boats to take their 'green' troops over the channel but the idea was dropped when they realised, eventually, just how badly the Canadians had been cut up. Those who headed up this event were put on to work more suitable.
Wandering around the damp and rather dreich Gardens I found these Fungi growing happily. Quite what they are and whether they are edible I know not, someone will know, and they just intrigued me for some reason as they were the brightest thing outside apart from the Autumn leaves.
I must confess I had a lot of the Great War today, more to come on Sunday. I have just asked for a three day pass...