I am sorry that I do not know your Christian name, which is how I like to address former comrades in our regiment. 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 and the 1st Royal Lincolnshire 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 soldier who lost his life in the service of his country in the fighting in the Salient.  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 Track X Cemetery with five colleagues. I trust that at your graveside the Guard of Honour fired the traditional salute to a fallen comrade. I also trust you were commemorated on your home town war memorial.  Anyone visiting your grave might just be able to hear the sounding of the Last Post each day by the local buglers at the Menin Gate, which can certainly be considered as including your memorial too. 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 relatives and friends who mourned your sacrifice. Rest in Peace. Harry.

Henry Harrison