poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914
Stuart, Max, and I made sure we were standing at Ronald Poulton's wooden cross at 11am today. As we stood, the bells of the college chapels rang out all around us and there was a single gun salute from Magdalen College.
Ronald was with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and still lies in Belgium where he fell on May 5th, 1915. His cross was brought here to Oxford, to Holywell Cemetery near where his sister lies. Every year we make sure to mark and remember his sacrifice and, even with our lone and simple flowers and poppy, it's so very moving to stand in quiet remembrance as the bells toll.