Vladimir Putin

Ponton, Lieut.-Col. W.N.

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Some personal background and memories of the speaker. Ways in which the comradeship in arms and the "will to be one" has wiped out all politics, all sectarianism, all denominationalism. All exuberant in united strength and proud of common citizenship. The glory of service, not the sacrifice of service to the boys who are privileged to serve and who are doing their duty at the front. Realising what binds the brave of all the earth by reading the boys' letters home. Some illustrative anecdotes. The need for a little more of the citizenship, patriotism, loyalty, fellowship, a little more of that feeling that knits us together as a British unit, fruitful and faithful--a little more than usual. Words on the British Empire. The difference between the Motherland and the Fatherland. The poetry and prose of service, the realities and verities of service. Not forgetting to mention the girls of the war. Ways in which those gentle Red Cross nurses and others are life savers. Letting the men know that we are thinking of them, following them with vital interest, every one of them: that as the bit of service that links us all. The common sorrow and glowing sympathy in action. Not all coming home. These thoughts, interspersed with verse and prose.

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