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'It took every soldier': railway company posts poem for Remembrance

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A railway company has worked with its local community to commemorate Remembrance with a special poem. The poem, 'It took every soldier', was read aloud as part of EMR's annual Routes of Remembrance event, which is held each year in partnership with the Veterans Charity. The poem was created by Community Rail Partnership members and station adopters during a workshop run by creative writer Via McNab. It will be permanently displayed at Derby and Nottingham stations alongside other Remembrance artwork, as well as being showcased in poster cases throughout EMR's network during November.

A video capturing the essence of the poem has also been made available. The Remembrance events at Derby and Nottingham took place on Friday, November 10, at 10.45am, where as well as the poem reading and a bugler, there was a wreath-laying ceremony..

This year a memorial event was also introduced at Sheffield and EMR has worked with a charity called Artworks South Yorkshire to install knitted poppies on the archways around the station. Many other stations across EMR's network will also be decorated with poppies and war poems, including a poppy display at Willington and a war poem and poppy display at Beeston.

Will Rogers, managing director at East Midlands Railway, said: "Our annual Routes of Remembrance events are a way for us to honour our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country. I would like to thank Community Rail Partnership members and station adopters for again working so hard to make this year's event so poignant. The poem in particular is very moving and I would like to invite our customers to hear it being read aloud at one of the events or take the time to watch the video."




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Stephen Gospage

Sat 11th Nov 2023 08:52

A very moving piece. The image of young men leaving for war on trains is so stark and raw, as we know that so many did not come back. The cheerfulness and 'over by Christmas' sentiments expressed in the poem now seem almost cruel.

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keith jeffries

Fri 10th Nov 2023 00:22

There has, for over one hundred years, been an association between trains and soldiers. I well remember standing on Preston Station with a group of recruits as we waited for a train to take us to our recruit training depot. It was a steam train and as I heard this poem memories flooded back to those days when we climbed aboard the train and it steadily pulled out of the station. This poem and the film took me back years.
Keith Jeffries

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