A Life (1897-1980)
Keen amateur footballer,
playing centre forward for teams
in two local leagues (between jobs.)
Fought in the trenches,
enlisting as a private
and demobbed as a sergeant
at officer-training school.
Awarded the Military Medal
during that terrible 'Kaiserschlacht'
for repelling an attack in force.
All by himself.
Post-war, turned down an offer
to play for Huddersfield Town
so he could marry my Grammie.
Once challenged a man to a race -
Whalley and back, from Clayton-le-Moors -
with him on foot, rival on bicycle.
Beat him - easily.
Worked at Howard And Bulloughs
until the day they retired him -
then got a job in a foundry.
Remarried at 82 - still working -
after my Grammie died
(four generations in attendance.)
Only caught one bus
in his entire life -
it was the bus they took him off
in Clitheroe that day,
when he asked the driver,
"are we in Blackpool yet?"