John, I am not aware of the precise circumstances of your death, nor what caused it, but, as a former soldier in the 1st and 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment myself, doing my National Service in 1950-51, while sad to read of your sacrifice, I am pleased to be given this opportunity to salute you as a brave veteran officer who lost his life in the service of his country in the Nord of France. I can but quote the memorial hymn again, “All you had hoped for, all you had you gave to save mankind – yourself you scorned to save.”  You were laid to rest in Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue together with thirty-five other Royal Warwicks. I hope you had a Guard of Honour at your graveside to fire the traditional salute to a fallen comrade. I trust you were commemorated on your home town war memorial.  But you are also remembered every year at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, when the parade is at the attention while the Queen’s Colour and the National Standard are dipped in salute as the Last Post is sounded. I offer my sympathy to your parents and other relatives and friends who mourned your sacrifice. Rest in Peace. Harry.

Henry Harrison