Guest author Julie Rowe – Remembering Our War Dead

I’m delighted to welcome fellow Carina author Julie Rowe here today for the ongoing WWI event and thank her for sharing these poignant thoughts:

During this Centenary year of the start of World War One, I frequently find myself thinking about the thousands and thousands of young men who went to war and never came home. Most of them were buried in Europe the only real closure their families had was composing the epitaph for the headstone of their loved ones’ grave. Many of these epitaphs are heartbreaking, some are poignant and others patriotic.

I invite you to remember these brave soldiers of a war they hoped would end all wars. These are only a few of the many.

“He is not dead whose memory still is living within a nation’s heart.” ~ Epitaph of Major Norman Campbell Pilcher, 5th CMR, 19.5.16

“The blood of heroes is the seed of freedom.” ~ Epitaph of Private Ivor Powell, 87th BCI, 4.9.18 (age 39)

“A bursting bud on a slender stem, broken and wasted, our boy.” ~ Epitaph of Private Thomas Leonard Michael Quinlan, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 9.4.15

“If I fall, I shall have done something with my life worth doing.” ~ Epitaph of Private George Lawrence Holmden, 5th BCI 19.8.15

“I am going. My country needs me.” ~ Epitaph of Private Edward Ephraim Panabaker, PPCLI, 31.10.17

“All these were the glory of their time.” ~ Epitaph of Lieutenant Lionel Hyman Eliot, 75th BCI, 9.4.17

“These graves are altars. Honour and praise but mourn them not.” ~ Epitaph of Major Ralph Russell James Brown, 4th BCI, 31.10.17

“Sleep, dear son. Honour, justice, duty, all survive by your mortal fall.” ~ Epitaph of Lieutenant Mackay Mackay, PPCLI 27.8.18

Book three of War Girls
German-occupied Brussels, Belgium
December 1915
Rose Culver is in grave danger. For months the Red Cross head nurse has been aiding Allied soldiers caught behind enemy lines, helping them flee into neutral Netherlands. It’s only a matter of time until she’s caught. Which makes it the wrong time to fall in love with a handsome German military doctor as devoted to the sanctity of human life as she is.
The Great War has caused Dr. Herman Geoff to question everything he once believed. He knows Rose has been hiding British soldiers in her hospital—he’s even treated some of them, refusing to go against his own Hippocratic oath. As a doctor, he admires Rose’s skill and conviction. As a man, he can no longer deny his attraction to her. But when Rose is arrested for treason, Herman must choose between love for her and duty to his country…
For more tales of love and war, download Saving the Rifleman and Enticing the Spymaster, available now!


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