Victoria Park

In Sydenham, East Belfast. I used to play in this park as a child in the 1960s and 1970s. This view is from an earlier era and that definitely looks like an Olympic class liner in the background, Olympic, Titanic or Britannic?

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5960 Private Moses Dickson, Royal Irish Fusiliers

My great uncle Moses died at Ypres 100 years ago today. He was 21 years old.

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For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21stSeptember 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

More RAF choir

The RAF station at Mullaghmore (do follow this link to controltowers.co.uk)

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RAF Choir

In Northern Ireland 1944/5…

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RAF Choir 3
RAF Choir 4

Christmas 1943

The menu for Christmas Day 1943…

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Mam…

And her parents…

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ARP lapel badge & chevrons

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I believe each chevron represents a year’s service.