Did you march
that summer's day
Did you sail
across the Channel

Were you among
those never
to have passed
beyond the lighthouse?

Did you answer
the call to duty
the irrefusable
appeal from the King

Was it the last time
you saw the hills
of your native island
sink behind the waves?

Did they find you,
were you among
the luckiest
of unlucky?

Were you not
one of those
lost in a field
now part of it

So many
left these shores
for another shore
never to return

The hundred years
passing slowly
the centenary
goes on

We remember them
Lost at sea or on land
lost in mind
We remember them

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