BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

20 September 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

D-Day: Royal Army Ordnance Corps

by wildheather

Contributed by 
wildheather
People in story: 
John Arthur Pickering
Location of story: 
Normandy Beaches
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A2470862
Contributed on: 
28 March 2004

The boy lay, trembling, on the sand, crying for his mother;
Rigid with fear, not daring to move, scanning the beach for cover.
Just seventeen: too young to die - too young to be a soldier;
He'd joined the army under age; he'd told them he was older.
And now he wished with all his heart he hadn't been so eager
To put his life upon the line for rewards so scant and meagre.
But, too late now to have regrets - it wouldn't do at all
To wallow in self-pity as he watched his comrades fall.
So, he tried to blank his mind to the terrifying sound
Of screams from wounded men and shells exploding all around.
And, with an inner strength he didn't know he had,
He surged forward with his regiment, this young, courageous lad.
And, against all odds, this boy survived to fight another day,
And came back home to Blighty, having been some years away.
And, do I swell with pride to tell this tale? Yes - rather!
Because, my friend, I'm proud to say that boy became my father.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

British Army Category
D-Day+ 1944 Category
France Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy