The Weeping Angel

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The Weeping Angel


She passed this way and tended to our pain,

stayed by our beds and whispered in our ears,

administered our wounds and eased our fears -

telling us that we would be home again.

Once, in her hands, I saw pendant and chain,

I will remember that for many years,

an angel weeping solitary tears

that made me think of the oncoming rain.

She sent it to her sister days before

the hospital was shelled and her fate sealed.

She was gentle, but never weak or frail,

a young life ended by this pointless War.

Remember Nellie Spindler from Wakefield -

the only woman killed at Passchendaele





Nellie Spindler (10th August 1891 – 21st August 1917)

Nellie was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery with full military honours the following day. The Last Post was sounded and it is believed that over one hundred officers, four generals and the Surgeon-General attended the funeral. She is the only woman amongst over 10,000 men to be buried at the cemetery.

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Stu Buck

Thu 5th Jul 2018 17:28

excellent piece of writing as usual ian. got me googling as well, so thanks for that.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 4th Jul 2018 17:44

You have paid her the best sort of compliment by remembering her in this way.

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keith jeffries

Wed 4th Jul 2018 16:59

Thank you for such a fitting tribute to another casualty of war. I almost felt as if I were in the ward with her. One of your best and most moving of poems,

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Darren J Beaney

Wed 4th Jul 2018 12:10

Wow - wonderful!

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