The Wildgoose Chase

I met Chelsea Pensioner Walter Wildgoose in 1977 when he was 87 and I was 26. Through a series of letters written over the last year of his life, he passed along his life story - the workhouse children's home, a life in the British Army witnessing the opening battles of World War I and life in India, a remarkable family surviving the bombs of World War II London. This blog will document my research and progress on the novel I'm writing about this amazing man.

Friday, November 11, 2005

11th month, 11th day, 11th hour

"By the hundred thousand young men have died for the hope of a better world They have opened for us the way. If, as a people, we can be wise and tolerant and just in peace as we have been resolute in war, we shall build them the memorial that they have earned in the form of a world set free from military force, national tyrannies, and class oppressions, for the pursuit of a wider justice in the spirit of a deeper and more human religion."
- from The Guardian, 12 November 1918

Though we no longer call it Armistice Day, let us not forgot why we mark this day 87 years later:

The scribes on all the people shove
And brawl allegiance to the state,

But they who love the greater love

Lay down their life; they do not hate.
- from At Calvary near Ancre, Wilfred Owen

Bert Wildgoose, 1889-1915 - died at Battle of Aubers Ridge

Walter Wildgoose, 1st Lincolnshire 1908-1915 (+1921-1930), Machine Gun Corps 1915-1921 - Mons, Le Cateau, Aisne, 1st and 2nd Ypres
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