While there can never be a direct comparison between what happened in Flanders on Saturday, October 31, 1914, and the kind of action that’s witnessed at Sixways on match-day, the men of the 2nd Worcesters would doubtless recognise the traits they share with the men who wear the Warriors badge.
There are many.
Ethos. The acknowledgment that duty is there to be done, whatever the odds.
Discipline. The readiness to move forward when others would step back.
Teamwork. The execution of the plan. The dependence of one man upon another.
Community. The connection that exists between these bodies of men and the towns and villages they inhabit.
Then there’s history of a more recent kind.
Warriors have a close connection with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, the modern-day face of the Worcestershire Regiment, a unit whose men have fought with distinction and gallantry in recent conflicts.
Put all that together, and you have a natural partner for the Battle of Gheluvelt documentary project – and the fact that you’re reading this, today, is thanks in large part to the man whose name is never far from the lips where Warriors are concerned.
That’s Cecil Duckworth. He allowed me to detail the idea of the documentary in search of a backer, and then embraced its objective, which is to help place the gallantry of our county and the men who once called it home back to the consciousness of the nation.
Where Cecil’s concerned, the work of the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust is close at hand.
It’s the charity that epitomises his love for his adopted county and is dedicated to preserving the specialness of the wonderful county.
Another thing those Worcesters who lined up on the edge of Polygon Wood, staring at the burning village of Gheluvelt would appreciate, no doubt. To find out more about each, please follow these links. My thanks to both organisations.