Dax Posted July 16, 2008 Report Share Posted July 16, 2008 Today is the 16th July, on which the Battle of Delville Wood is commemorated. From 16 to 19 July 1916, at Delville Wood (Bois du Delville near the town of Longueval) the South African 1st Brigade was involved in probably one of the bloodiest battles of the so-called Somme-Offensive. Of the 4100 officers and men of the 1st Brigade about 850 walked out of Delville Wood on 19th July. The rest were either wounded or dead. In a proportional sense, the South African casualties at Delville Wood were the worst of World War I.I would like to dedicate this post to my grandfather, who was carried out of Delville Wood on a stretcher, wounded in three places, but alive. I include a poem based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Some sources put it that Kipling wrote the poem after news of Delville Wood reached England.Iâ€™m also proud to mention that I served in the same regiment as my grandfather.GethsemaneThe garden called GethsemaneIn France near Longueval it was,And there the people come to seeAll us soldiers pass.We used to pass â€“ we used to passOr halt as it may be,And wore our masks in case of gasBeyond Gethsemane.The Garden called GethsemaneIt held a pretty lassBut all the time she talked to meI prayed that my cup may pass.The officer sat on the chair,The men lay on the grass,And all the time we halted thereI prayed that my cup may pass.It didnâ€™t pass â€“ it didnâ€™t pass â€“It didnâ€™t pass from me.I drank it when we met the gasBeyond Gethsemane. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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