Sydney Slome, 5th Durham Light Infantry

My grandfather Sydney Slome – 1st on the left, sat down was a soldier in the 5th Durham Light Infantry c1916.

I composed this poem in his memory;

 

He went to War
A soldier true
For King & Country
That’s all he knew

The Great adventure
He fought hard and long
When day was done
He would recall
The sweat and smell
Under a setting sun

He looked afar
Now all was green
The distant cries had all but gone
Yet in his mind
A soldiers’ song

He went to war

Photograph and detail courtesy of Tony Slome.

3 thoughts on “Sydney Slome, 5th Durham Light Infantry

  1. Upon further inspection I see that I have to make a correction when writing “other ranks”, noting only one veteran with ribbons, the senior officer. All others, as noted via a magnifying glass, were NCO’s, Apologies again! All in the photograph would no doubt go on to earn their battle honours, too.

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  2. Thank you for your poetic lines of verse that clearly evoke mental pictures of the battlefield and brief respite from its horrors.
    I paid particular attention to the uniforms of the day, the brass-buttoned-up kneck of the tunic, the puttees of the other ranks and the collar and tie of the officers, noting that one officer-type opted for puttees while the other wore leather (?) gaiters. And the Oh! so familiar bugle-emblemed badge of the DLI, now retired, I believe. My father and his two brothers, all deceased, wore that same type of uniform in WW 1, my father continuing to wear it in peacetime as a Terry and into the beginning of WW 2 when he once again was called into active duty (A and SG #1), the then uniform of the day evolving soon into the battledress, also now superceded.
    Please excuse me if you deem my rambling to be a digression.

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