Thursday, May 5, 2011

LAST POST

Last Post - memorial four letter words.

Word comes today that Claude Choules, the last combat veteran from The Great War, died in Perth, Australia at the age of 110.  As a member of the Royal Navy, he served aboard the HMS Revenge and was ultimately witness to the surrender of, and later scuttling of, the German fleet.  Like many of his generation, he firmly believed that The Great War would be the last war - that future generations would choose peace instead of its horrors.  He joined the Royal Australian Navy and served with her during World War II, but avoided all war commemorations later in his life.  He is survived by his 3 children and 11 grandchildren.

"Last Post" is the bugle call used by Commonwealth nations at military funerals, equivalent to "Taps" in the United States.