With Our Fondest Memories and Services to Queen and Country…
Now almost one and three quarters of a year on, it seems time has stood still and the pain is still pronounced in how we cope daily with the loss of our much missed loved one. In order to cope with our loss and absent partner, I have taken the poignant and simple essence of the words expressed in the Poem below deeply to heart. In the hope and expectation that may all these sentiments narrated weigh in as faithful and true, authentic and blessed, by our Heavenly Creator!
Death Is Nothing At All
A poignant Poem by Henry Scott Holland, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford January 27, 1847 – March 17th, 1918, we hope that these sentiments might bring hope to all those who are grieving, and find restful peace of mind…
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
WHO IS TROOPER? [MAJOR (RET). OBE MC, PURPLE HEART, BA, DIP.HM]
How can I best describe Trooper? Only one comparison will do my description of this amazing human being and brave soldier justice by saying that ‘he was my Andalusian super stallion extraordinaire’… A perfectionist (in all that he undertook in his life) and reflecting a tough disciplined seasoned soldier’s surface exterior, he was as ‘flowing toffee caramel’ on the inside, and that coupled with an amazing sense of good humor.
Looking Back to the year 1990 and onward, Trooper’s story is unique and Trooper was a unique anomaly of his breed and the Era in which he was raised. In spite of his professional background he was a man capable of great compassion and understanding of those around him. Living on the edge today however, no longer presents an option for fine author ‘Trooper’, who lived in comfortable but necessary seclusion in a remote part of New Zealand from 1984 to 2018. The author only known by his pen name ‘Trooper‘ , was a retired former British ex-Military Intelligence Field Officer and member of the Elite SAS. Also a former member of the Queen’s Personal Bodyguard, often referred to as ‘The Blues and Royals’ (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), a cavalry regiment of the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry, the Author was also a recipient of the Military Cross, Purple Heart, 'Four Oak Leaves' for a mentions in dispatches, and many other military campaign medals for bravery that would make any soldier proud. Upon his retirement from Military Service. Trooper was also awarded the OBE by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, our long and still reigning Monarch of Great Britain.
Trooper took to the quill and penned down a series of excellent and exciting action adventure novels. All six novels in the series were written in fiction, however, based the suspense-filled and compelling stories upon factual events and personal experiences during a lifetime of military service in the field of covert intelligence gathering operations. The completed works are now known as the Hawkspurr Action Adventure Series loosely based on factual events that transpired during active service in the various politically challenged countries, Trooper was seconded to the various parts of the world where conflicts reigned, between the periods of ‘1952 to 1982, and can be enjoyed and downloaded from Amazon.com in both paperback/kindle format.
This YouTube link by 'Pathe' takes us to Malaya (also referred to as 'Britain’s Vietnam' in a sense), where the British original 22 SAS Regiment performed their first ever thick Malayan Jungle drops; which did not go without serious accidents and a number of mortal fatalities, unfortunately. The young Soldier (standing 6’2″ tall is our very own Trooper in his early 20’s. He was one of the tallest man there borne of pure pride). He is the one who is being roughed up some and pulled forward and tugged downward by his Parachute Drill Pack master during parachute tack inspection.