Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday reflection: bravery and sacrifice

This morning after the church service at St James' Whitehaven my wife pointed out to me one of the particularly moving plaques on the wall of the church, commemorating one of the many brave heroes who died during the Great War of 1914 to 1918.

Lt Robert Gunson of the Royal Artillery was killed at the battle of the Somme a hundred and one years ago next month.

He was killed while searching for some of the men under his command who had gone missing.

The plaque in his memory at St James' church quotes the line from scripture

"Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

We should never forget the courage which so many people have shown in the service of this country and of their friends and comrades.

Neither should we ever forget the mistakes which made their sacrifices necessary.

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