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A beautiful but scared woman tries to hire Winston Karpathian, but for what, he has no idea. Winston has a small magic, nothing spectacular, and certainly nothing that can help a woman like that.

He asks what she wants. Instead of answering, she flees his little magic shop—and shortly thereafter ends up dead.

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And Winston must work alone to find out what kind of spell the woman wanted him to cast. Ruby has vanished. But he quickly learns that familiars all over the Northwest have gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Search for:. Herbert was killed whilst practicing formation flying; his plane collided in mid-air with another machine and he and his observer were both killed.

Herbert's father chose his inscription, a very masculine tribute from a father to a son but one of total admiration and approval. The first two lines come from 'Hail and Farewell' by the popular poet John Oxenham. They died that we might live,- Hail! That we might live they died,- Hail! Eternal honour give,- Hail! The second two lines of the inscription are Mr Killick's own words and reflect a popular sentiment of the time: that those who lived on had an obligation to the dead to look after the world and make it a better place, one where such a terrible event would never happen again, a world that would be worthy of the dead.

It is a relevant point today, remembrance itself is not enough. If the dead did leave the future in trust to us, that should be the subtext of 'all remembrance mantras - 'Lest we forget' the responsibility they hoped we would assume. His body was not discovered until December when it was found with five other bodies at map reference 62c. There was no cross on the grave so it hadn't been previously registered. The body was identified by "Clothing, boots, numerals and two paper discs".

The form asks "Were any effects forwarded to base? Gold cased watch guaranteed 20 years. Discs fell to powder after being exposed. See covering letter.

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This refers to the fact that French and Belgian farmers were paid for each body they discovered to discourage them from failing to report it and just ploughing it back in to the ground. In David Jones was assisting his parents in the business. By the time his body was discovered his father was dead.

He immediately took a commission in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and after training went to France in June He was promoted captain that September. In November he was awarded a Military Cross for carrying out "a daring raid against the enemy with great courage and determination". In November he returned to England for six months home duty before returning to France in May He was killed six months later by a shell whilst leading his Company into action on 28 September Smith's inscription, chosen by his father, George Smith Master of Dulwich College, comes from Robert Browning's poem Rabbi Ben Ezra , a philosophical poem in which Age addresses Youth and tells it, "Grow old along with me the best is yet to be".

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This is because in Age we acquire the wisdom and insight that Youth, too concerned with living in the moment, doesn't have. However, these are the very qualities that twenty-two-year-old Smith was admired for. As his Colonel wrote to his parents: "Though young in years, he had an old head, with much discretion.

I could trust any duty to him knowing that it would be well and faithfully carried out".

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The poem holds that our life on earth is but one step on the journey of our soul, which will continue after death. To his parents, George Smith was setting out "Once more on my adventure brave and new". A volunteer, he joined up as a private and went to France in November A year later he received a commission in the 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He was killed on 8 August in the capture of the village of Sailly-Laurette on the opening day of the Battle of Amiens. It is based on a Hindu mantra from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, a treatise on the soul composed sometime around the year BC.

Lead us from the unreal to the real. Lead us from the darkness to the light. Lead us from death to immortality. It is a very unusual inscription from a very unusual source. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad does not appear to have been well known in Britain. It had been translated into English in but I can't see that either the book or the mantra were widely known so it would be interesting to know how Mr and Mrs Hill came across it.

This is such a heartbreaking inscription. I've neither heard of Chute-Erson before nor ever seen this poem.

It's the kind of sentimental verse that the twentieth century rejected but it's the type that must have expressed many a mother's feelings: Yes, I am proud, I shall not weep, my son — Boy of the high, brave spirit, who lies slain, Blent with the earth grown hallowed for the stain Of thy young life-blood. Boy, who on my breast Has lain, so small, so dear, in infant rest; Whose tiny, clinging hands and nestling head Seemed God and life to me - dear son, now dead.

Son of the strong, young frame, the fearless heart, Vibrant with life and thought, the coming man Shadowed in graver mood, the finished plan. My mother-love foresaw and knew content, And when, all youthful fire and courage blent, You said good-bye, I smiled Oh, God! I would not have you stay. Yes, I am proud, my son, I shall not weep, But, oh! Yes, I am proud, indeed, but - Son, oh, Son! Those three words - 'Son oh son'. For all that the mother has tried to convince herself that she's proud that her son has died 'as we would have you die', and that she is determined that she 'shall not weep', remembering him as a baby and and 'on the verge of manhood' is actually too much for her.

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William Stephen was 18 when he was killed in action on the day the 51st Highland Division took Marfaux with very heavy casualties. William London's father chose his inscription. I can only imagine that he is telling his son that his mother and father have been trying to 'call' him through a spiritualist medium. And I can only imagine that they have not had any answer.

It's rather a haunting inscription. Belief in spiritualism, the belief that it was possible to make contact with the dead beyond the grave, was very popular after the First World War. There were numerous charlatans out there but some people genuinely believed that they were speaking to their dead relations.

And not everyone who believed was a gullible innocent. Sir Oliver Lodge, a British physicist who played a key part in the development of radio, firmly believed that he was in touch with his son Raymond who had been killed in action on 14 September William London was the younger of his parents' two children. He served with the 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment and was killed in action on 20 July There is a gap in the battalion war diary between the end of June and the beginning of November so it's not possible to tell how he might have died.

It comes from Tennyson's poem 'Merlin and the Gleam' where the gleam is a glimmer of the holy grail, that intangible quality that man should attempt to follow in his life: Not of the sunlight, Not of the moonlight, Not of the starlight! This will have been the source of the inscription but it could have been a second-hand source. The song won and became a YMCA anthem, which is still sung today.

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Based on Tennyson's poem the song encourages young people to follow the gleam: To knights in the days of old, Keeping watch on the mountain height, Came a vision of Holy Grail And a voice through the waiting night.