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To my grandfather, Captain H.E. Howse MBE, South Lancashire Regiment 1896-1972.
Even his regiment has gone forever.
His commanding officer wrote him the reference that contains the title when he left the army in 1932.

A Brave, Active & Intelligent Officer

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse11 Apr 2014

Nineteen at the Somme
Twenty at Passchendaele,
All that's left is an oak-leaf,
And that reference.

I remember a man smoking
In an armchair,
And a model of a vintage car
That impressed a small boy.

The dead and all their memories
Are gone to one closed mass
Of remote and ancient history:
He might have fought at Marathon.

I have just the words
To live up to.