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Rob Carson
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carlisle
United Kingdom


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Posted - 14/08/2019 :  14:43:07  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There it is was in a cardboard box beneath a pile of forgotten books in a charity shop. That unsellable pile you sometimes see outside in plastic bags waiting to be recycled. I opened the small tattered King James bible and there was a photograph cut from a local newspaper probably the Cumberland News. Young soldier short dark hair that rather slicked down look you get with Brylcreem. Someone had written at the top with a fountain pen Killed, that word killed, seemed odd and very powerful. 'Killed B. of Cambria{sic}. Down the left margin. 'Nov 1917' and at the bottom of the sepia-coloured photograph, 'Prt W. Crowe.' Private W. Crowe. Was it Walter, William? And whom had the bible belonged to? A parent, his young wife, grandmother or someone who had just read the story and wanted to remember the 18-year-old looking young soldier with tidy black hair. The Battle of Cambrai had begun on November 20th, 1917 and he had died in the first days of battle. There were other enigmatic notes scribbled inside such as Bandmaster Todd, then what looked like Captain 'Mrs' Agnes. On the back page the bible's owner had written-'God hath not promised skies ever blue, Flower strewn pathways, Always for you, God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain. But he hath promises, Strength from afar, Unfailing sympathy, Undying love..' Rain had been spelled reign then corrected though the original g was clearly shown. And, then, the initials M.R.Y. Where Bandmaster Todd had been written in the margins some lines were signalled to and underlined,' And he said , Lay not your hands upon the lad, neither do thy anything unto him, for now I know that though fearest God, seeing how though hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.'

Robert Carson

Rob Carson
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carlisle
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Posted - 15/08/2019 :  11:02:24  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Please read as thou instead of the two thoughs in the last line.
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