1865 - 1936
In memory of those who served on the western front in the Great War
Rudyard Kipling 1896
Hymn Before Action
The earth is full of anger, The seas are dark with wrath,
The Nations in their harness, Go up against our path:
Ere yet we loose the legions; Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders, Lord God of Battles, aid!
High lust and froward bearing, Proud heart, rebellious brow;
Deaf ear and soul uncaring, We seek Thy mercy now!
The sinner that forswore Thee, The fool that passed Thee by,
Our times are known before Thee; Lord, grant us strength to die!
For those who kneel beside us, At altars not Thine own,
Who lack the lights that guide us, Lord, let their faith atone!
If wrong we did to call them, By honour bound they came;
Let not Thy Wrath befall them, But deal to us the blame.
From panic, pride, and terror, Revenge that knows no rein;
Light haste and lawless error, Protect us yet again,
Cloke Thou our undeserving, Make firm the shuddering breath,
In silence and unswerving To taste Thy lesser death.
Ah, Mary pierced with sorrow, Remember, reach and save,
The soul that comes to-morrow, Before the God that gave!
Since each was born of woman, For each at utter need;
True comrade and true foeman; Madonna, intercede!
E'en now their vanguard gathers, E'en now we face the fray;
As Thou didst help our fathers, Help Thou our host today.
Fulfilled of signs and wonders, In life, in death made clear;
Jehovah of the Thunders, Lord God of Battles, hear!
Major Cedric Charles Dickens (grandson of the author Charles) at Leuze Wood 9th September 1916, no known grave but has a memorial plaque at Ginchy.
Wilfred Owen (war poet) on the Sambre Oise Canal 4th November 1918, buried in the Ors Communal Cemetery.
John Kipling (son of Rudyard) at the battle of Loos 27th September 1915, body only found in 1992, buried in St Mary's ADS Cemetery, Haisnes near Loos.
Raymond Asquith (son of Prime Minister Herbert) at the battle of Flers 15th September 1916, buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery Ginchy, plaque in Ameins cathedral.