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RBLI Village Remembers
On the 11th November, RBLI staff, residents and guests joined together for the village Remembrance service. Held in the Garden of Honour, the moving service was lead by Aylesford Church vicar Ruth Peet with a series of readings and prayers to honour those lost in conflict and those living with the effects of war.

We will remember them

For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

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 at 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;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

An extract from the book, ‘Remembering’ by Peter Ketley
REMEMBERING. P82-83, The Battle for Darwin and Goose Green, 27 May 1982.

Besides the shock of losing the Commanding Officer, I had lost two good friends, both excellent officers. They had both been killed, along with Cpl David Hardman, immediately prior to the COs lone attack, for which he would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. Chris Dent, the 2 i/c of A Coy was a gentle giant of a man, liked by everyone. His death was a double tragedy. Before joining 2 Para we had served together at Depot Para. Chris had become a father just six months earlier and while we were on pre-Belize leave, he and his wife Cathy had gone to Australia to visit Chris’s parents. Cathy and their son had remained in Australia to stay with the family, while Chris spent the next six months in Belize. They never had a proper farewell.

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