After this blog being dormant for the last 10 months we have some news! Team Level Steps is no more, say hello to Team Dug-out Rats. We’ve signed up to do the Frontline Walk again in October 2019 and we’re hoping to exceed the £4,000 we raised in 2017.
You can support our cause here: fundraising.soldierscharity.org/dug-out-rats
Why Dug-out Rats?
One of Ceri’s favourite poets is Wilfred Owen MC who was tragically killed in action on 4 November 1918 during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal, exactly one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the war, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant the day after his death.
We chose Dug-out Rats from the following poem of his:
I tried to peg out soldierly,—no use!
One dies of war like any old disease.
This bandage feels like pennies on my eyes.
I have my medals?—Discs to make eyes close.
My glorious ribbons?—Ripped from my own back
In scarlet shreds. (That’s for your poetry book.)………
A Terre – Wilfred Owen
O Life, Life, let me breathe,—a dug-out rat!
Not worse than ours the lives rats lead—
Nosing along at night down some safe rut,
They find a shell-proof home before they rot.