New blog echoes soldier's verse 'Lest We Forget'

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World War 2 hero's poetry published for the first time.

The Moston Poet preserves the view and voice of a World War 2 veteran.

A WAR veteran's record of his service to his country in poetry is being published on the web.

For twenty-two years from 1939, including time as a POW, Jack Clarkson served Britain rising to the rank of sergeant in the Royal Tank Regiment .

During his military career Jack travelled the world, leaving behind his home in Moston, Manchester, to experience and share in shaping the events that moulded our modern world.

He recorded the things he saw, the things he did, the places he went to, and the community he came from in a series of poems which were never published in his lifetime.

His twin sister, May Clarkson, kept these poems after Jack died. She kept them close by and shared them with family and friends.

Lovingly typed and preserved by May Clarkson, these poems are now being published in a new website http://www.themostonpoet.com with kind permission of Jack's daughter, Sue.

'The Moston Poet' is a blog which reveals how an ordinary man, dedicated to his Army career, saw the world as it changed quickly and violently around him.

It has been set up by copywriter Dom Conlon who, in his childhood, was May's neighbour and who first learned of the poems as a teenager.

Dom said: "May was like a grandmother to me and I visited her regularly. One afternon she showed me the poems, asking how she could get them published."

"Although I never met Jack, his poems stayed with me. Each year we lose more and more people like Jack and their voices are lost with them. In honour of May, I wanted to preserve that voice."

The manuscript was tracked down to Australia where Jack's daughter had taken possession of it in the years following May Clarkson's death in 2007.

For more on the story and the poems, visit http://www.themostonpoet.com and revisit each week for the poetry of Jack Clarkson - the Moston poet.

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