Portrait of My Grandfather

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Portrait of My Grandfather

The Cenotaph in Whitehall.
His eyes demand our attention,

his hair neatly trimmed (as per regulations),

the smile under the moustache

suggests a humorous man.

He wears a sergeant's stripes,

served with the Royal Engineers.

In the mud and blood of the Somme

he was brave enough to take charge

of laying trenches under fire.

But the Distinguished Conduct Medal

was little consolation.

He lies buried in a soldier's grave,

never came home to his wife and son.
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