When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today #Remembrance #lestweforget

If you so wish, wear your poppy with pride today, pause respectfully for two minutes at 11 am this Armistice Day and again this Remembrance Sunday remembering all those, both service and civilian personnel whom have given their lives for the freedom that we all enjoy today, and should you feel so inclined, support the sterling work of the Royal British Legion.

This post is written to not only commemorate the fallen service personal from any conflict, but it is also, as in previous years, dedicated to all Railway companies across the country and indeed the world that lost many staff; not only those drafted into the military services, but also those lost whom continued their duties on the railways keeping the networks up and running, we should honour and remember them all.

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today

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.

Locomotive 333 was built originally by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, designed by Billinton, as an L class 4-6-4 ‘Baltic’ tank. She was given the name Remembrance and became the companies War Memorial engine and carried a plaque with the inscription:

“In grateful remembrance of the 532 men of the L.B.& S.C.Rly. who gave their lives for their country, 1914-1919″

In 1934, under the auspices of Maunsell they were rebuilt as Class N15x (an appropriate Brighton-style suffix) 4-6-0s, and fitted with standard Urie LSWR tenders along with smoke deflectors. Now number 2333 ‘Remembrance’ retained its name, plaque and status within the Southern Railway.

Inscribed on James Scott’s Victory Arch, at Waterloo station: “Dedicated to the employees of the Company who fell in the war.” and the names of those London and South Western employees who gave their life are honoured within the arch.

And just to end this post, as written by Paul Hunter – the poppy is more than a one time of a year symbol:, 

I am not a badge of honour, I am not a racist smear,
I am not a fashion statement, to be worn but once a year,
I am not glorification of conflict or of war.
I am not a paper ornament a token,
I am more.

I am a loving memory, Of a father or a son,
a permanent reminder of each and every one. 
I’m paper or enamel, I’m old or shining new,
I’m a way of saying thank you, To every one of you.

I am a simple poppy, a reminder to you all,
That courage faith and honour,
will stand where heroes of all kinds fall.

8 thoughts on “When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today #Remembrance #lestweforget”

  1. We must never forget.

    My grandfather served the Southern Railway from inception through the Second World War (and well into nationalisation).

    My father was at cutting-edge ‘computer technology’ during the war; this only recently came to light when asked about his wartime service.

    1. grahammuz – A railway modeller with a keen insterest in all things Southern Railway especially the 1946 to 1949 period. I can often be seen on the exhibition circuit with my Layout Fisherton Sarum or assiting MIke Wild the Editor of Hornby Magazine with his layouts at shows. I am also long time member of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society
      grahammuz says:

      Hi Nigel,

      No the N15X class has never been produced in RTR.

      1. grahammuz – A railway modeller with a keen insterest in all things Southern Railway especially the 1946 to 1949 period. I can often be seen on the exhibition circuit with my Layout Fisherton Sarum or assiting MIke Wild the Editor of Hornby Magazine with his layouts at shows. I am also long time member of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society
        grahammuz says:

        Hi Colin,

        Yes my model pictured in the post is built from a Nu-Casst kit.

  2. Wyldkat – Who am I? Excellent question. I am old enough to “know better” and still young enough to want to “enjoy life”. I am an ex-cop. Have been out of uniform for over 20 years, so what I knew then has probably changed, but that doesn’t stop me from having some .. interesting opinions on matter of law and the US Constitution. I am an aspiring writer and an amateur photographer. I am a SF fan. I have been reading SF for over 30 years. On that subject, I am a Sad Puppy supporter. (Other SF fans will probably get this) I am a proud member of The Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile. I believe the U.S. Constitution is the Law of the Land. The Higher Laws were written on a stone tablet over 3000 years ago. Think you know me now? Think again Mein Freund. These are but aspects of who I am. The “real” Wyldkat "is far more complex. Come into my lair, sit by the fire and share. Perhaps something I say will tell you more; perhaps I will learn something about you.
    Wyldkat says:

    I found this page looking up one of the quotes and had to stop and read when I saw the Southern Railways name. My paternal grandfather was a Southern Railways mechanic based out of Knoxville.

    Very nice tribute.

    On behalf of my relatives who have worn a uniform, Thank you. I am fortunate that all of them came home, at least physically.

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