"Lest We Forget"
Updated: Sep 15
Less we forget is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries. Before the term was used in reference to soldiers and war, it was first used in an 1897 Christian poem written by Rudyard Kipling called "Recessional". The phrase occurs eight times; and is repeated at the end of the first four stanzas in order to add particular emphasis regarding the dangers of failing to remember. The Great War.
I’ve taken a few week off writing posts, whilst thinking about the purpose and focus of my ramblings. Then whilst browsing my ancestral tree I discovered a new ancestor, which made me think about how easy it is to overlook our past.
This is Leonard my first cousin twice removed. He was my grandfather’s uncle’s youngest son, or my second great grandfathers nephew, born on the 1st September 1892 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I didn’t know anything about him, until I uncovered these records on Ancestry:
He was clearly a distinguished character, someone admired for his kindness, bravery and dedication. A cricketer too, my late father would have approved. I found his final resting place recently and will be laying some flowers there on remembrance Sunday in recognition of his bravery.
We certainly have much to be grateful for when we consider the courageous acts men, women children and animals undertook without a second thought, to protect our liberty, our families and our rightful way-of -life. We owe our ancestors a great deal and rightfully should take time to remember them for their sacrifices and for who they were. We learn from what they did and who they were. I will always remember them. I will always give thanks.