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Cheltenham Town remembers the fallen

11 November 2021

Cheltenham Town will today stand silent for two minutes to remember the sacrifice of those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

We have chosen to share the verse In Flanders, honouring the service men and women from our community who have died in world wars and other conflicts.

Frederick William (FW) Harvey was dubbed "the Laureate of Gloucestershire" and became admired as a war poet during the Great War.

In Flanders, by FW Harvey (November 1917)

I'm homesick for my hills again -
My hills again!
To see above the Severn plain,
Unscabbarded against the sky,
The blue high blade of Cotswold lie;
The giant clouds go royally
By jagged Malvern with a train
Of shadows. Where the land is low
Like a huge imprisoning O
I hear a heart that's sound and high,
I hear the heart within me cry:
'I'm homesick for my hills again -
My hills again!
Cotswold or Malvern, sun or rain!
My hills again!'

Thank you: our tribute

Three years ago, to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice, the club decided to visit the graves and memorials to those Cheltenham Town players killed in the War, all of which are situated in Northern France. We produced a short film to pay tribute to them, and to the local community around the club.

Club representatives travelled to visit the battlefields of Pas-de-Calais including Loos and The Somme, taking with us floral tributes and using information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, we were able to locate the memorials relatively easily.

Read more: Meet the 1913/14 team


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