Poem / Exhortation

In most ceremonies of remembrance there is a reading of the fourth stanza of the poem For the fallen by Laurence Binyon. He was the assistant keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum, and the author of several volumes of verse. For the fallen was first published in the London Times in 1914 and later in many anthologies of war verse. It was selected in 1919 to accompany the unveiling of the London Cenotaph and, like so many memorial traditions, passed into common use across the Commonwealth.
 
They shall not grow old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them
Captain Edward Simpson Botterell,
Officer Commanding No. 3 Company,
15th Battlion C.E.F was KIA 26 June 1916.
On 24 April 1915, as a Private, he fought
in the battle of 2nd Ypres. On 24 April 2010,
his nephew, Edward Botterell, Attended the
dedication of the 15th Battalion memorial on
Gravenstafel ridge and delivered the Exhortation.
The 15th Battalion Project Chairman, Brigadier-
General Greg Young OMM, MSM, CD  (ret’d)
delivers the Exhortation at The Menin Gate
during a special extended Last Post ceremony
on 24 April 2010 recognizing the 15th Battalion.
 
The 15th Battalion memorials in St Julien and on Gravenstafel Ridge
were unveiled and dedicated 95 years to the exact day on which the
24 April 1915 gas attack took place.
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