Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Poetic Obituaries: Flt sgt [David] Raikes was a pupil at Radley College,
In one of his poems, Let It Be Hushed, he wrote:
'These men knew moments you have never known,/Nor ever will; we knew those moments too,/And talked of them in whispers late at night;/Such confidence was born of danger shared./We shared their targets, too; but we came back.
Lightly we talked of it. We packed their kit,/Divided up such common useful things/As cigarettes and chocolate, rations stored/Against a rainy day that never came.'
from Daily Mail: Final salute for RAF War poet: Military burial for pilot whose remains lay forgotten for 60 years after he was shot down