The other day I received a comment on my Dressing The Lines blog from Patrick Long. He was replying to a previous comment from Rob Appleton, in which he (Rob) said that by taking part in this painting project, he was honouring the memory of his grand uncle Charlie Appleton. Charlie was a serving member of the Auckland Regiment at Gallipoli, but sadly was one of many souls who never made it home.
Here's Patrick's response to Rob (re-posted with his permission):
Hi Rob, we must be related. Charlie Appleton was also my great uncle (my mother’s maiden name is Appleton).
I used to be a professional entertainer and 14 years ago a colleague handed me some music to which I wrote lyrics in Charlie’s honour. We recorded the song at the time, but didn't do too much with it.
About 9 months ago, just for fun and as as the 100th anniversary was coming up, I made a little clip so that I could put the song up on YouTube. I'm no Peter Jackson, that’s for sure, but with the limited resources at my disposal, I think I have come up with a clip that helps to carry the message of the song.
Strange fact: whilst I didn't know till later in the day on which I wrote the lyrics, it turns out that the words were written on the anniversary of his death on May 8th. You can believe that or not, but it is true and I thought that it was a bit freaky.
The song is called The Daisy Field. As you probably know many New Zealanders, including Charlie, were slaughtered that day in the second battle for Krithia on the infamous Daisy Patch or Daisy Field as it was known.
I hope you like the song.