Armed Forces personnel have recorded a series of famous First World War poems that will be played at seven London Underground stations on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
They joined forces with two Transport for London (TfL) service veterans to record the poems that will be played at: Westminster, Covent Garden, Knightsbridge, Oval, Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross London Underground stations.
One of the poetry readers, Major Sartaj Singh Gogna who is Chair of the British Armed Forces Sikh Association, said:
To me, Remembrance is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by the whole Service community and a time to consider how we can live up to the examples of bravery and valour shown by so many courageous individuals. Service personnel continue to serve our nation across the globe and their families and friends often face hardships and sacrifices that few can relate to.
Major Singh Gogna is a Senior Instructor of Officer Training for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He has served with the Army for 15 years and has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. On Remembrance Sunday, Sartaj will be escorting veterans from the Undivided Indian Ex-Serviceman’s Association as they march past the Cenotaph.
While writing poetry allows us to express feelings and thoughts we may seldom share, the reading of it enables us to sit and reflect on our experiences. On this day let us take a moment to not only honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but also celebrate the strength of character and resolve shown by their families and friends. Sicut Leonis – Be like lions.
Nick Brown, Managing Director of London Underground and Rail, said:
The remembrance period is always a poignant time for us to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedoms we have today. I hope customers appreciate and reflect upon the war poetry that the serving personnel and our very own ex-service members have recorded.
On Sunday 8 November 2015, the nation will once again come together for the Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. Her Majesty The Queen will lay a wreath at the monument, followed by other members of the Royal Family, Prime Minister David Cameron, the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, other political representatives and defence chiefs. They will be accompanied by serving members of the Armed Forces including marching detachments and military bands ahead of the two-minute silence at 11am.
Readers and poems:
- Major Sartaj Singh Gogna from the British Army has recorded When I Go From Hence by Rabindranath Tagore
- Captain Beth Gray from the British Army has recorded Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon
- Sub-Lieutenant James (Jimmy) Still from the Royal Navy has recorded Bach and the Sentry by Ivor Gurney
- Able Seaman Jennifer Wright from the Royal Navy has recorded For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon
- Warrant Officer Shobha Earl from the RAF has recorded Gift of India by Sarojini Naidu
- Senior Aircraftman Adam Bruerton from the RAF has recorded Maire Macrae’s Song by Kathleen Raine
- Senior Aircraftman Joe Wrigglesworth from the RAF has recorded In The Time of Breaking Nations by Thomas Hardy
- Peter Orchard a retired London buses Area Manager for Operations in Stratford who served in the Royal Navy between 1977 and 1983 has recorded Tommy by Rudyard Kipling
- Pauline Cottam, a retired London Underground Signal Operator who served in the RAF as an Aircraft Mechanic Airframes between 1968 and 1974 has recorded High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr