Thursday morning and I board the Preston train, a dumpy DMU, but less of a cattle-truck today.
Over the bridge or beneath lines to Platform 5 to wait: Branson's Scarlet Pendolino will glide in soon bound for Birmingham - wonder who I shall meet and share travelling moments with ?
At the caverns of New Street I must wend to Moor Street and a Chilterns train trundling me south for Warwick's 1,100th. birthday weekend and 100 years since trains of Lancashire PALS cattle-trucked themselves to Flanders fields never to return.
(c) C J Heyworth June 2014
Warwick Words is the annual literary festival held in two parts, early June and early October, each year in the city of Warwick. 2014 is the 1,100th year that Warwick has been recognised as an English city. 2014 is also the anniversary of the commencement of what my grandmother always referred to as "The Great War". On Preston station there is a splendid plaque which records the embarkation of thousands of NW soldiers to fight in France and the Low Counries often characterised as Flanders Fields where Remembrance Day poppies grew after the land had been pulverised by incessant shelling. Lord Kitchener amongst others decided that the most attractive way to recruit soldiers by the thousand was to establish PALS regiments so that men would be fighting alongside their mates; hence PALS regiments.
An army base to protect It’s the United States being its elect A soldier with a gun Three dead being among A senseless dispute The whole analysis just doesn’t compute The soldiers are trained with honor Bullets have no names Lives loss being a shame One soldier is the blame Fort Hood being on edge As a soldier it should be a privilege A Soldier too Soldier salute You’re in the army now as a tut Death should not be among your Conrad’s on a base This is just an incomprehensible waste My heart goes out to the families to remember A good night’s sleep, but will the families be able to slumber? Fort Hood must stride to move on The Soldiers need a reality check to get along The army is to whom you serve It’s respect in what every Soldier deserves Fort Hood is where it stood The thinking on the notion of could A promised heart and a continuing mind This is something I want all Soldiers to keep in mine.