Lest we forget

#1
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

When Britain seeks to carve its name

On history’s blood stained roll

It can point with pride to its submarine

Dear God, you took your toll


It was said they were "damned un-English"

A weapon to be abhorred

But in a world where you fight for your freedom

It’s a view that you just can’t afford


So, in trying to balance life’s budget

When we sit down and add up the cost

High up on the list is the price we have paid

For here are the "Boats" we have lost


The first on the roll was the Oxley

The Seahorse, Undine and Starfish

Thistle, Tarpon and Sterlet

The Unity and Seal was God’s wish


One after the other went Odin

The Grampus, Orpheus and Shark

The Salmon, the Phoenix and then came the Thames

No wonder the future looked dark


The Narwhal, the Oswald, and Spearfish

And little H46, too

The Rainbow, the Triad and Swordfish

Our country was paying its due


Regulus, Triton, Snapper and Usk

Undaunted, Umpire, as well

Union, Cachalot, P33

All sailing their own road to hell


We lost P32 and the Tetrarch

The Perseus and H31

The Triumph, the Tempest and P38

And sadly the list goes on


There was P39 and P 36

Pandora and Upholder, too

Urge, Olympus and P514

Thorn and Talisman, long overdue


Unique, Unbeaten and Utmost

Then the turn of P222

Traveller, P48 and P311

Lord, is this what you want us to do?


The come Vandal, Tigris and Thunderbolt

Turbulent,Regent, as well

With P615, Splendid and Sahib

All bowing to fates’ awesome knell


The Untamed, the Parthian and Saracen

The ‘X’ crafts 9, 8 and 5

Followed by 6, then 7, then 10

Yes, Lord, they’ve done their last dive.


Usurper, then Trooper, the next was Simoon

X22 was also lost

And the ex-German Graph, then made her last dive

We earned freedom at a terrible cost


Stonehenge, Syrtis and Sickle

Oh, God just how many more?

The Stratagem went to her resting place

On that far distance hostile shore


And so, we near the end of the roll

Out White Ensign proud, at half mast

Right to the end our Submarines paid

For Porpoise was the last


Each year we gather at "Blockhouse"

And ask that our memories be blessed

For we stand proud and tall as "Old Comrades"

With these "Dolphins" pinned on our chests


So, we who survived, now pray to our God

"Let our boys grow up to be men

If we paid the price, unflinchingly

Lord, don’t ask them to pay it again"
 

Yorkie_S/M

Lantern Swinger
#2
Well done G. R. My first boat was the Porpoise we carried the Jolly Roger of the first Porpoise with pride. I did not know she was the last boat to be lost during the war, supplying Malta.
 

Nigaramus

Lantern Swinger
#3
G_Rivet said:
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

When Britain seeks to carve its name

On history’s blood stained roll

It can point with pride to its submarine

Dear God, you took your toll


It was said they were "damned un-English"

A weapon to be abhorred

But in a world where you fight for your freedom

It’s a view that you just can’t afford


So, in trying to balance life’s budget

When we sit down and add up the cost

High up on the list is the price we have paid

For here are the "Boats" we have lost


The first on the roll was the Oxley

The Seahorse, Undine and Starfish

Thistle, Tarpon and Sterlet

The Unity and Seal was God’s wish


One after the other went Odin

The Grampus, Orpheus and Shark

The Salmon, the Phoenix and then came the Thames

No wonder the future looked dark


The Narwhal, the Oswald, and Spearfish

And little H46, too

The Rainbow, the Triad and Swordfish

Our country was paying its due


Regulus, Triton, Snapper and Usk

Undaunted, Umpire, as well

Union, Cachalot, P33

All sailing their own road to hell


We lost P32 and the Tetrarch

The Perseus and H31

The Triumph, the Tempest and P38

And sadly the list goes on


There was P39 and P 36

Pandora and Upholder, too

Urge, Olympus and P514

Thorn and Talisman, long overdue


Unique, Unbeaten and Utmost

Then the turn of P222

Traveller, P48 and P311

Lord, is this what you want us to do?


The come Vandal, Tigris and Thunderbolt

Turbulent,Regent, as well

With P615, Splendid and Sahib

All bowing to fates’ awesome knell


The Untamed, the Parthian and Saracen

The ‘X’ crafts 9, 8 and 5

Followed by 6, then 7, then 10

Yes, Lord, they’ve done their last dive.


Usurper, then Trooper, the next was Simoon

X22 was also lost

And the ex-German Graph, then made her last dive

We earned freedom at a terrible cost


Stonehenge, Syrtis and Sickle

Oh, God just how many more?

The Stratagem went to her resting place

On that far distance hostile shore


And so, we near the end of the roll

Out White Ensign proud, at half mast

Right to the end our Submarines paid

For Porpoise was the last


Each year we gather at "Blockhouse"

And ask that our memories be blessed

For we stand proud and tall as "Old Comrades"

With these "Dolphins" pinned on our chests


So, we who survived, now pray to our God

"Let our boys grow up to be men

If we paid the price, unflinchingly

Lord, don’t ask them to pay it again"
Written by George Luck DSM (member of Mersyeyside SA)and the late Gilley Snape.
 
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