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John "Thunder Toes" Smith's Picture

John "Thunder Toes" Smith's Military Branch Logo

John "Thunder Toes" Smith

Hometown,  Military Branch,

Home Country  

January 1, 1900 - December 31, 2017

HERE in the marshland, past the battered bridge,
⁠One of a hundred grains untimely sown,
Here, with his comrades of the hard-won ridge,
⁠⁠He rests unknown.

His horoscope had seemed so plainly drawn,—
⁠School triumphs, earned apace in work and play;
Friendships at will; then love's delightful dawn
⁠⁠And mellowing day;

Home fostering hope; some service to the State;
⁠Benignant age; then the long tryst to keep
Where in the yew-tree shadow congregate
⁠⁠His fathers sleep.

Was here the one thing needful to distil
⁠From life's alembic, through this holier fate,
The man's essential soul, the hero will?
⁠⁠We ask; and wait.


- Robert Crewe-Milnes

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