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The Last Casualty

The Last Casualty
The Last Casualty

One of our Members Andrew Leatham, who sails on Daydream Believer, has just had a book published called "The Last Casualty", we cerainly have a lot of talented members.

Extract Courtesy of Endeavour Press

Lancashire, England, 1995

The sky was the colour of discarded chewing gum, solid from horizon to horizon, denying the weak April sun so much as a glimpse of the land below. The wind gusted down the hillside and keened across the lonely churchyard, carrying the vicar’s words away from all but those clustered closest to the graveside.

'…commit her body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope…,'

The rest was lost on the stiff breeze, but those there did not need them. They watched transfixed as the light oak coffin – the best the Co-op funeral service could provide − was gently laid in its final resting place by four of the undertaker’s well-built assistants. There was an audible sob as the vicar invited the family to pay their last tributes by throwing handfuls of soil onto the coffin.

One by one, two by two, the mourners began to drift away, slowly, aimlessly, as if unsure of the respectful thing to do, until finally only five remained...

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