Sally Marks

Councillor

To dedicate this to both my grandfathers - who both contributed to the war effort. And to their families who sustained them.

Sally Marks

Councillor

I wish I knew your name – my own grandfather told a story of having been next to you in the trenches. He had seen a pin on the ground and suggested you might wish to pick it up ‘for all the day, you will have luck’. You didn’t pick it up so my grandfather did. Later that day you were killed by a bullet to the head. I have never forgotten that story and my grandfather certainly never did either. What he saw; what you saw; what you both experienced is nearly unimagineable today. It is hard to comprehend how frightened you must have been and yet so brave.
Bravery is surely being afraid – but doing it anyway.
Your sacrifice was one of millions – our lives today are blessed with freedoms beyond your imaginings. I wouldn’t want my sons to have to do what you did across the Channel, away from home, apart from your family and your mother’s arms.
Thank you.

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