"1916" at The Cenotaph
1916 at The Cenotaph

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Jim Radford of Veterans For Peace UK sings "1916" at The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday 2016.


Daniel Gillen : Very touching, thanks for your work.

Jake Wallace : Sixteen years old when I went to the war, To fight for a land fit for heroes, God on my side, and a gun in my hand, Chasing my days down to zero, And I marched and I fought and I bled and I died, And I never did get any older, But I knew at the time that a year in the line, Was a long enough life for a soldier, We all volunteered, and we wrote down our names, And we added two years to our ages, Eager for life and ahead of the game, Ready for history's pages, And we brawled and we fought and we held where we stood, Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder, A thirst for the Hun, we were food for the gun, And that's what you are when you're soldiers, I heard my friend cry, and he sank to his knees, Coughing blood as he screamed for his mother, And I fell by his side, and that's how we died, Clinging like kids to each other, And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood, And I wept as his body grew colder, And I called for my mother and she never came, Though it wasn't my fault and I wasn't to blame, The day not half over and ten thousand slain, And now there's nobody remembers our names And that's how it is for a soldier

Jeremy Clutteebuck : One of these guys was in Southampton a few weeks back abusing soldiers calling them baby killers etc and upsetting members of the public, all this in front of young children and then was argumentative with the police when they were involved as well. A very different scene from seen on here.