Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We will remember them ....

Today, it is 90 years since the end of World War One. Today I will go to the war memorial in swindon, to lay a cross in memory of my Great Uncle. He was working on a rubber plantation in Singapore when WW2 broke out. He, along with many colleagues, joined the Johore Volunteers, and went to fight against the Japanese. Sadly he was captured, sent to work on building the Burma Railway, and later died as a result of the deprivation and disease in the camps there. He had no wife, no children, and was remembered only by his family. I never knew him, never met him and have just a handful of photos and documents to mark his life. But the sacrifice he made, was huge. He did not have to go to fight, being employed in Singapore, he would of avoided conscription, but he made the decision that he had to stand up for what was right.

Today great Uncle George, I remember you.

I thank you and all those who died with you, for the freedom we enjoy today.

Rest in Peace, wherever you are.


The Life of a Paed Heart Transplant Recipient said...

I too remember them. May you all RIP, thank you.