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Prince Harry Reads 'The Soldier'

Prince Harry, himself a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, has taken part in an Armistice Day service at the National Memorial Arboretum...

Prince Harry, himself a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, has taken part in an Armistice Day service at the National Memorial Arboretum.

A former Apache pilot for the British Army, Harry read out Rupert Brooke's famous poem 'The Soldier':

"If I should die, think only this of me:
"That there's some corner of a foreign field
"That is for ever England. There shall be
"In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
"A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
"Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
"A body of England's, breathing English air,
"Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
 
"And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
"A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
"Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
"Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
"And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
"In hearts at peace, under an English heaven."
 
(Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915)
 
Brooke himself died in the First World War, aged just 27, passing away on a French hospital ship after developing sepsis while en route to Gallipoli.