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Laurence Binyon – Combined World War I and II memorial – Low Moor, UK
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N 53° 45.366 W 001° 45.683
30U E 581662 N 5957097
Quick Description: A famous and poignant quote was etched on this World War I memorial erected in 1928 in memory of the men from Low Moor.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/12/2011 9:21:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMBQ5J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:
The quote is on a memorial that is in the form of a sandstone obelisk. It was erected by public subscription on November 10th 1928 in memory of the 82 men from Low Moor who died fighting in World War I. Extra names were added after World War II, to remember the 29 men who died in that war.

Also inscribed on the memorial is the 4th stanza from the war poem ‘For the Fallen’. This poem was written by poet Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943). He studied at Trinity College, Oxford where he won the Newdigate poetry prize.

His poem ‘For The Fallen’ was based on his early experiences during World War I, and his fourth stanza is often used on war memorials.

The quote is as follows.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
It should be noted that there is a misquote on the memorial. According to the website line 2 of the stanza is Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. On the memorial the word contemn as been inscribed as condemn. I had never heard of the word contemn before but according to it means to 'Treat or regard with contempt'. The line makes sense with the word condemn, but I think contemn is better (providing you understand what it means).

Junction of Common Road and Cleckheaton Road Low Moor West Yorkshire United Kingdom BD12

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