Remembrance poems raise RBL cash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 November 2013

Diana Cruickshank with her book of poems

Diana Cruickshank with her book of poems

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A BOOKLET of poems dedicated to those who died in the Great War has been penned by a woman from Clevedon.

Diana Cruickshank’s collection of poems has been written over the past 14 years and they have been compiled in the booklet called We Will Remember Them.

She is now selling copies to help raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Diana, who works as a receptionist at Avon and Somerset police’s headquarters in Portishead, began writing the pieces following a visit to a war grave.

She said: “Like most people I lost relatives during the Great War and a trip to a cemetery in France really brought it home to me the sacrifices made by people at that time.

“I have always enjoyed poetry and began writing my poems for Remembrance Day each year when I joined our human resources team 14 years ago. It quickly became a tradition.

“The final poem in the book is a memorial to a very good friend – Private Steve Hall, of the 1st Somerset Light Infantry – who died during the conflict in Northern Ireland 40 years ago this year. He was killed in Crossmaglen on October 28, 1973, aged just 26,”

Diana, who is leaving the police next year, decided to put all of her poems into a booklet ahead of the centenary of World War One in 2014.

Copies of the book can be ordered using the general enquiry form on the police force website at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact/general_enquiries


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