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WWI soldier's violin played at his grave
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KindaScratchy
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June 9, 2017 - 8:06 pm
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From BBC.com:

Sam Sweeney playing a violin at Ypres WWI cemeteryA violin made by a soldier killed in battle during World War I has been played at his grave on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his death.

Richard Howard, who died on 7 June 1917 in the Battle of Messines, started making the instrument in 1915 before enlisting in the army.

It was later finished by a luthier in Oxford before being bought by folk musician Sam Sweeney in 2009.

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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BillyG
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June 10, 2017 - 3:22 am
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Great story !

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Thanks for sharing this.

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I played a set of my very simple and poorly played tunes over my daughters grave and felt good afterwards. I even saw tears in my wife's eyes,,,,and that is always a good thing.

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BillyG
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November 2, 2017 - 1:13 pm
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What a fine gesture, @MrYikes hats_off   

And, whether or not "simple and poorly played" - that matters not a bit !!!

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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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