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Of Polar Bears and Imps: An unpublished folio of notes compiled by Tom Anderton.

Compiled by Tom Anderton Ex/Sgt. 4th Lincolns "D" Coy., 18 platoon, later HQ Coy.(Education). Sub-Editor, and 'Touchline Tommy' of THE LINCOLN IMP.

Many battalions in N.W.Europe 1944/45 had an historian, official or otherwise. To make good this deficiency in the 4th Lincolns, even at this late date, I have put this folio together in the hope that it may suffice. Let it also stand as a memorial to the many friends, who, with their crosses marked the way we went. Let it too, commemorate the comradeship of those times, thankfully carried over into the present age. Life was a fragile element, held by a gossamer thread; and a shallow grave was more probable than possible. For those who found this shallow grave, no better epitaph exists than these lines by A. E. Housman:-

Here dead we lie because we did not choose.

To live and shame the land from which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;

But young men think it is, and we were young.

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The Lincoln Imp Polar Bear, 49th Division, Divisional Flash

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