Document 33

The Red Berets

Author(s): George Hynd

Copyright holder(s): George Hynd


When they came drifting out of the sky
No one had told them it was their time to die
They came floating down gently one fine autumn day
These gallant young men with the Red Beret

For ten days they fought and no quarter they gave
And most ended up in a strange foreign grave
To the last man they held out they never would yield
Now they all lie together in a cemetry field

We come and we meet them once every year
Those young men who died for a thing we hold dear
They laid down thier young lives to help set Holland free
To preserve for mankind a thing thats called Liberty

At the service today there was a tear in my eye
As I thought of those young men who came out of the sky
And I choked back that tear when they started to pray
Lest we ever forget those who wore the Beret.

21.9.86 Dreyerood Hotel

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The Red Berets


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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1995
Word count 164

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Author details

Author id 611
Forenames George
Surname Hynd
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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