Another twenty minutes and he’d have been safe…

InMemoriam by MoonVooDoo


“Jo was just twenty minutes away from coming home when he was caught in the grenade blast that killed him. Another twenty minutes and he’d have been safe, on his way back to us.” – Jo’s father, Tony Woodgate.

The cross in the photograph with the Remembrance Day poppy came in the mail in a circular, with a letter enclosed containing the story of Jonathan Woodgate written by his father. It was sent by The Royal British Legion with an explanation about the tribute and instructions to follow should the receiver wish to participate. You are supposed to write a few words on the cross in memoriam of those who have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, then return it so that it can be planted in the Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park. Alternate versions of the tribute are available for those of a different faith, and other ways of participating are also offered.

A simple thing and yet a world of complications on so many levels. That is the world. Fair and unfair. Not one or the other, but both together. What is fair for one may be unfair for another. To be fair to one person may require being unfair to another person or ourselves. Or being fair to ourselves places us in a position which may cause another to accuse us of being unfair. Our solutions to things which we believe to be unfair, our attempts to redress the balance, make things fair, are sometimes the sources of unfairness for others.

“Jo and his comrades, who’d been followed by a group of local children, came under fire while they were patrolling a village. He was making sure that the children were safe, getting them out of harm’s way, when the fatal grenade was lobbed over a wall. His selfless courage saved other families from the pain of losing their children.” – Jo’s father, Tony Woodgate.