Brothers Side By Side (A Soldier’s Tale)

by Andrew Blakemore (b 1966)
We were pinned down by the gunfire
In that scorching desert heat,
Outnumbered by the enemy
Yet we swore we'd not retreat,
We were cut off from our unit
But we held that line alone,
Until a sniper's bullet
Felled my friend just like a stone.

I held him in my arms
As he lay dying in the sand,
I cradled him against my chest
And held his bloody hand,
His frightened stare shall haunt me
Till I join him in the grave,
I tried my best to help him
Yet his life I could not save.

He breathed his last then closed his eyes
And as he slipped away
I knew I'd lost my greatest friend
Upon that wretched day,
He'd fought with me until the last
With honour and with pride,
Both comrades on the battlefield
And brothers side by side.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

4 thoughts on “Brothers Side By Side (A Soldier’s Tale)

  1. That is why every country should have a Remembrance Day to respect the young men and women that their respective governments sent to war irrespective of which side they were told to fight for.

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    1. There are probably many examples but this made me think of my grandfather (born 1895) who joined the Liverpool Pals – the King’s Regiment – along with his younger cousin Bob Roberts. They were at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Grandad survived the first day and survived the war. Bob died on that first day while advancing on the German lines.
      Grandad always remembered him, as did the rest of the Pals who survived that grim conflict.

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      1. The only time I ever saw my father cry was the year that ill health prevented him from going to the cenotaph to honour his fallen comrades.

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