Men and a Wren, Liverpool, 1993

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Battle of the Atlantic 50th Anniversary, Liverpool

Photo taken from a news broadcast on TV.

Veterans of the Battle of the Atlantic, including my late father, marching at the 50th anniversary celebrations, Liverpool, May 1993.

My dad is the bloke not facing forward but looking around and enjoying himself.

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This photo reminds me of that Pogues anti-war cover;

And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
And the old men still answer the call
But year after year
Their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

21 comments on “Men and a Wren, Liverpool, 1993
  1. Ian D B says:

    Today I was fortunate to meet a man who had been with the first wave of soldiers ashore during the Normandy landings in 1944. I could’ve sat and listened to him all afternoon.

    This unique generation of men and women who changed the world and who have been with us all our lives, is now leaving us. Last chance to see, folks!

  2. SolarScot. says:

    brave lads Ian,i must get some gen from my Dad about his time in the Army

  3. Stezzer says:

    What a great tribute. Having seen the inset picture, it’s quite clear to see your Dad in the crowd above, looking all around him, no doubt keeping himself amused. He looks like the kind of chap you could have a right laugh with. God bless him and all our fallen hero’s. Lest we forget.

  4. cgullz says:

    crikey Ian, you made me cry with the pix of yr dad. i’ll have to simply ditto [http://www.flickr.com/photos/stezzer] Stezzers’ words. Bless. x

  5. Mark McKie says:

    Superb tribute to a fine generation. Well done Ian.

  6. nondesigner59 says:

    Great tribute..
    Love the Pogues song too..

  7. And who am i says:

    Ian you have a way with words to honour the brave folk of the past.
    My Grandad was in WWII, but would never talk about it. I suppose he just wanted to block the horrors out.
    Keep up the good work

    Cheers Andy

  8. And who am i says:

    Ian you have a way with words to honour the brave folk of the past.
    My Grandad was in WWII, but would never talk about it. I suppose he just wanted to block the horrors out.
    Keep up the good work

    Cheers Andy

  9. **Hazel** says:

    Thank you for sharing this photo with us Ian! You are so right, the things that the old soldiers can tell us of the war experiences they have been through is unique to them. My OH was in the army so I hear many stories of shocking and very sad times he went through!!!:-)

  10. gastephen says:

    Its nice that you have a screenshot of the new footage as a reminder, Ian.

    BTW, nice sonar pings in that vid.

  11. mick cooke says:

    great photo and a great reminder to those who fought for this country wonder what theyed think of it know if they was here
    nice one ian
    take care

  12. amyrey says:

    Looks a great bloke Ian. Moving stuff… well done for helping to keep the memories of these hero’s alive.

  13. Ian D B says:

    Thank you all, very much.

  14. hornbost says:

    Brillant shot, i really like it!

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  15. Hotpix [LRPS] Hanx for 1.5M Views says:

    Great shot & background. Nice nod to the Pogues!

    I like this Ian. Enjoy your weekend. 😎

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  16. Tech Owl says:

    Nice old images Ian – sounds like your Dad had the wandering instinct like you

  17. andyholmfirth says:

    Wonder what he’s chatting about ? Do like the film clip – remember being enthralled by the tense grimness of that film.

  18. IANLAYZELLUK says:

    Interesting Capture.

  19. Benoit Foisy says:

    Great tribute.

  20. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    A nice tribute to an arm of the forces that are quite often forgotten about above the "glamour" of the fighting forces, hats off to the lot of them.

  21. Mustang Koji says:

    You honor your father well, sir. Bravo.

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