"A Corner of a Foreign Field"`

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Reference WMO/289539


Near St Thomas a Becket of Canterbury Church


EX20 3NJ


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Garden
  • Flora and Fauna Grass
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Large raised bed of grass and poppies contained within a wooden planter. Within the bed is an interpretation panel including Rupert Brooke's poem 'The soldier'. The address provided is that of the church, but the photograph suggests that it is the nearby village square, which is used as a car park.
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If I should die, think only this of me:/ That there is some corner of a foreign field/ That is for ever England. There shall be/ In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;/ A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,/ Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;/ A body of England's, breathing English air,/ Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home./ And think, this heart, all evil shed away,/ A pulse in the eternal mind, no less/ Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;/ Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;/ And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,/ In hearts at peace, under an English heaven./ This corner of a foreign field was inspired by the/ above poem, using grass seed from Flanders and/ edged with the Northlew Poppy./ When you look upon this green grass, tell your/ children what honour there is in peace.

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