Hetton Urban District Council WW2 Book of Appreciation- Hetton Downs, Hetton-le-Hole, Easington Lane, East Rainton and Moorsley
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
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Title Page HETTON URBAN DISTRICT/ WORLD WAR/1939 – 1945/Appreciation and Register of the Names/of those who served ------------------------------------------ Foreword APPRECIATION The Hetton Urban District Council, the ‘Welcome Home’ Committee, and the residents of the Urban Dis- trict desire to place on record their thanks and sincere appreciation for services rendered by those who left the district in the hour of need and grave danger to be- come members of His Majesty’s Forces to fight the com- mon enemy during the years 1939 – 1945, so that those of us who remained might live in peace. Over one hundred and four did not return but made the supreme sacrifice in battle, and to these we owe an everlasting debt. To their widows, children, fathers, mothers and relations it is desired that the sympathy of the inhabitants of the district be extended and this record is prepared as a lasting tribute to their memory. The Nation’s call was answered by 2068 men and women of whom 1964 are again with us. We have wel- comed them back to civil life and have given them a mon- etary gift through the efforts of the Committee and the assistance of the public. Their names are recorded in the following pages. ‘We will remember them’ Hetton-le-Hole November 1946 ------------------------------------------ In Everlasting Memory ------------------------------------------ For the fallen By Laurence Binyon With the proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall not grow old, as we that 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. They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England’s foam. But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night; As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain, As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain. (FOR THE FALLEN’ is reproduced by kind permission of The Society of Authors, Mrs Binyon and Messrs MacMillan & Co Ltd)/[2034 names of whom 102 fell]