December Last Post

We welcomed members of the Intelligence Corps to our low key December ceremony. With a year of cancelled opportunities, we were privileged to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Intelligence Corps.

All sections of Brookwood Scouts joined the ceremony with one of their Scouts performing Standard Bearer duties.

Colonel (retired) Nick Fox described the work of the Intelligence Corps and serving members laid a wreath.

We remembered four of the Corps personnel with no known grave whose names are on the Brookwood Memorial: Captain Clement Marc JUMEAU and Captain John Kenneth MACALISTER (a Canadian) of the Intelligence Corps and F Section, SOE; and Lieutenant Michael James CARTWRIGHT, (formerly COULOMB), and Major Philip Frank CHAMIER of the Intelligence Corps and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6).

The ceremony’s poem for the day, untitled, was scratched on the wall of her prison cell in Budapest by Hannah Szenes, shortly before she was executed:

One – two – three… eight feet long
Two strides across, the rest is dark…
Life is a fleeting question mark
One – two – three… maybe another week.
Or the next month may still find me here,
But death, I feel is very near.
I could have been 23 next July
I gambled on what mattered most, the dice were cast. I lost.

Alan Lopez was our Standard bearer, Paul McCue read the poem and assisted with research, and Tony McCallum was the photographer.