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Today, 4th August, 2014, marks one hundred years since the commencement of the First World War in Europe, the day on which Germany declared war on Belgium; and Britain, as a result of her ultimatum that Belgium be kept neutral, declared war on Germany. Germany had already declared war on Russia on 1st August, had attacked Luxembourg on 2nd August and on the 3rd had declared war on France.

By 9th August, the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) embarked for France and the first major conflict, in late August, was the Battle of Mons in which both Allied and German troops suffered heavy losses and the BEF was forced to retreat.

Moved by the opening of the Great War and the already high number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force, in 1914 Laurence Binyon wrote his "For the Fallen", the words of which poem are still so often quoted and recited at times of Remembrance:


"They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night.
"

On a lighter note, this picture was taken during a lovely TE meeting with friends in Derbyshire, at the time of the "Well Dressing" festival in Tissington where, each year, the village's wells are dressed with flower petals and other ornamentation, a long established tradition to give thanks and respect to the wells which provide fresh water for the villagers. The "theme" of each well dressing often also reflects events appropriate to the year - as in this case.

You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.

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