Remembrance Sunday – A Challenge Of

A Year Past

Hi Chris

As you can see coming up to Armistice Day, I had a request from a young lady helper at our club! So I thought about all those National Service Men and Women of the 1950 period who hardly get a mention.

So trying to do it with respect but to add a bit of fun for the younger generation to understand, I shake rattled and rolled my brain back to a past era. If you do decide to use this poem could you hold it till closer to the time, as it is to be read out as a surprise for Laura.

I have three more that I have been persuaded to write! But these are of a more serious nature of war.



Picture courtesy of Derek Chilvers, Suffolk Regiment, Cyprus 1958 to 1959

Top Brian, l-r Mick, Bob, Derek, Chris


A young lady challenged me
Are you once again going to write a poem?
That of the kind of a year past
Laura by name set me a challenge
As year had passed and my memory had lapsed
It’s an admission of one’s sale date, has all but expired

But fear not young lady
Like those brave boys and girls of long ago
And those who served in world wars one and two
Other brave souls followed that calling
Those of challenges that were soon followed

A mixture that of regular force whom had seen it all before
Plus now a new breed of young men who knew now’t of war
Young men at the Nations beck and call
Answered to the name of National Service Men
Eighteen year’s old, used to wearing the uniform of the street
Haircuts groomed to perfection
Miniature overcoats: drainpipe trousers
Bootlace ties and blue suede shoes

As to the Barrack gates they did report
A certain gentleman did bawl and holler
Collect your kit as we have a treat in store
Line up you horrible little men

It’s off to see the Regimental Barber he said with a grin
As the guy walks in! Hairstyle all in tack
Request for just a trim! RSM said barber that will be a No. 1 for him
A track was ploughed right  through the middle of his hair
Out he tumbled with his short back and sides.

Copyright Bob Scott. 26/10/ 2015.

Remembrance Day 2011 in Kyrenia