READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, June 27.

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This poem, called La Panne, was written on May 29, 1940, by William T Cullyer, Royal Signals Regiment, near Dunkirk, Belgium, and was sent in by family member Tony Fothergill.

I lay there on that sandy shore

I just one amongst thousands more

All around were bursting bombs and shells

The whole earth rocked in that Hell of Hells

Death was everywhere ugly to behold

The intimate details are best untold

The bodies of many brave men who died

Rolling back and forth on the incoming tide

Oh God! I cried surely their is something amiss

That men could be born to end like this

How senseless, how futile, how tragic is war

The terrors, the agonies, the horrors the gore

There seemed no hope that rescue was near

Yet suddenly I knew that I need have no fear

Something told me I would see again England’s shore

And return safe and well to my family once more

Call it faith, call it luck, call it what you may

It remains a mystery to me even to this day

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