On the day our memorial poppy arrived it seemed very appropriate that it arrived on the anniversary of my much loved father’s death in 1977. Hubert Henry Ward had been a Coldstream Guard and a prisoner of war for 6 years in the 2nd World War. He was the son of Percy Robert Ward, a sapper of the Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment who was gassed and slightly wounded in WW1 and mentioned in despatches. He was also the son-in-law of John Robertson Wharton who served in WW1 in the Royal Field Cavalry at Vemy Ridge, Hill 60 Ypres and I have his medals. He used to tell me of the suffering the horses endured, though never about himself, though he was invalided out. Two brave soldiers who fought, were scarred, but survived the 1st World War and one who fought, was imprisoned but survived WW2. We will remember them.

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