Remembrance Week at St Marks Church Highcliffe
About The Paintings
Original Artwork by Local Artist Alan Brain to Commemorate
the end of The Great War
Soldiers who survived the battle had plenty of time to think. Time to recall the horrors of killing, time to recall their pals being blown to pieces, time to feel lucky until the next time. And if they could not face a next time they were shot by their own. The Aftermath of war left internal scars as deep as wounds and were visible in the faces of those who took part.
German troops christened the British troops Tommies. It was a respectful even a fond title for their enemy. They killed many thousands (as the British did to Fritz) and they are still in neat rows in Flanders fields. The name remains and is accepted by the British Army.
Just one tree remained standing after the battles in Flanders. It survived somehow. The men looked upon it with awe and a certain dread, it seemed to mock them - they called it Danger Tree