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Sydney T L Tilley
Rushden Echo, 6th November 1964, transcribed by Kay Collins

‘Remember those who gave all’

The whole country will on Sunday remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars. The poem below was written by a Rushden man who served, and was severely injured, in World War I. He is 66 year-old Mr Sydney Tilley, of Hall Avenue, Rushden.

Mr Tilley received his injuries fighting at Arras in 1917. While in a convalescent home in Blackpool, four years ago, he was inspired to write the poem as a result of the generosity shown by those who spend their lives caring for disabled servicemen.

It was his first and only poem and was commended in the Home Craft Exhibition. He is a member of the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association and is a vice-president of the Kettering and District branch. The poem was published last week by BLESMA.

Lest We Forget

No names are carved in bronze or stone,
Of those still suffering, some all alone,
With limbless trunks and sightless eyes,
What’s life for them, do you surmise?
Some never move from their wheelchair,
Or leave their beds, taste God’s fresh air.
Do you ever think of those who nurse,
Of those who took them for better or worse;
Who feed, and bath, tie bows or wipe a nose,
Who help to dress, put on their clothes,
The nurses who minister to their call,
Remember them who gave their all,
Such duty has earned them all our gratitude
A Coat of Arms, For Service and Fortitude.

Note: This version differs slightly from the one published by BLESMA - see Poem by Sydney Tilley

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