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For the centenary of the start of the First World War.

My Grandfather fought at the Somme and Passchendaele - and at Messines, where he commanded 'D' Company of the 2nd Batt, South Lancashire Regiment, and was mentioned in despatches.

Grandfather's Medals Turn Into History

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse30 Jul 2014

When I gave them to a museum
The curator looked decades
Beyond my right ear

And told me the Germans
Slaughtered that day
Had been from Munich.

He seemed to see clearly
Both to the past and a future,
To a Bavarian woman

Imposing meaning retrospectively
By giving birth in the city
To my daughter.