He walked through fields of death

And did not die

The battle of the Somme and Passchendaele

And home he came

But peaceful could not lie

And so asylum became his lonely vale


His body saved – his mind had gone away

Shattered shaken shredded

Taken off its hinge

Only painting calmed his fevered soul

Watercolour flowers

Soothing brings


Forty years a lunatic he lived

Wife and children

Left to fend themselves

He died in ‘62

A strange how do you do

For a volunteer

A Grenadier

Left upon a shelf


Brian Fahy

18 January 2022


+ A story of David Walliams’ great grandfather who joined up to serve in the Great War and lost his mind to shell shock. Part of the series, Who Do You Think You Are?


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