11 November 2016

On This 11th day of the 11th month a full 100 years on from the Battle of the Somme, blogging about tea, coffee vending or anything remotely commercial seems completely inappropriate.

The scale of loss to communities large and small due to the futility of war, however right or noble the cause was brought home by a small website submission detailing my village war memorial deep in rural Sussex.

Waldron, a place many will never have even heard of has a scattered community of just a few hundred people but a Grade Two listed war memorial dominates the village centre.ย  As with so many it lists the fallen, with the familiar surnames of this part of Sussex standing out.

The website link below shows the reality of loss and the significance of remembrance. Family names repeat, with two brothers aged 19 and 20 lost within a year of each other and many villagers laying thousands of miles from home.

As you sit with your tea or coffee today find a couple of minutes to scroll through the scale of loss for the little village of Waldron and let none of us forget the ultimate sacrifice recognised in towns and villages across the land.

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