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Remembrance poem by nine-year-old Fernwood boy reduces his ex-soldier father to tears




A Remembrance poem written by a nine-year-old boy reduced his father to tears when he read it.

Harry Cumberland, of Fernwood, wrote the poem as part of a project set by his Cub Scout group in Balderton.

His father, Nathan Cumberland, is a former Grenadier Guardsman, who lost both his legs fighting in Afghanistan in 2009.

Nathan and Harry Cumberland (43085899)
Nathan and Harry Cumberland (43085899)

“The group asked the Cubs to do something about remembrance,” Nathan said.

“Harry went into the conservatory and a couple of hours later when he came out he had written the poem.”

In the neatly hand-written poem, addressed to an unknown soldier, Harry expresses his thanks for the sacrifice made so that he could live happy and free. It also talks about his father’s gratitude to have survived.

Harry Cumberland (43085892)
Harry Cumberland (43085892)

Nathan was six weeks into his third tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009 when he was caught in a blast while leading a foot patrol.

He lost both his legs but, despite his injuries, continued to direct his young and inexperienced guardsmen through the resulting Taliban ambush.

Nathan said Harry had been asking about Remembrance Day a couple of weeks ago, and they had been talking about what it meant and why it took place.

“This year, he seems to have taken more notice of it,” Nathan said.

Harry Cumberland's poem (43085897)
Harry Cumberland's poem (43085897)

“When he wrote the poem he showed it to me and asked me what I thought. It had me in tears when I read it.

“I am very proud of him.”

The poem was also read out during coverage of the Race For Remembrance run by Mission Motorsport, a forces’ motorsport charity.

Nathan and his wife Rachael are now planning to have the poem framed.

Harry’s poem:

‘To the unknown soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice

So that I can live happy and free

I want to express my thank you for what you did for me

You fought so bravely amongst your brothers, feeling frightened of what you were facing

It must have been very scary, but you courageously went in racing

Many years later my dad became a brother

He lost his legs fighting another war

However, he was grateful to still be here

Unlike his brothers many years before

So I want to say a big thank you to you and all the brave people who died

You may be an unknown soldier but I look up to you with PRIDE’



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