Tell it in Sparta

Tell it in Sparta, thou that passes by
Here, faithful to her charge, her soldiers lie.

Simonides wrote these famous lines about the Spartan rearguard under Leonidas who held the pass of Thermopylae against the Persians in 480 BCE.

Inspired by these words, Major John Etty-Leal wrote this epitaph which is engraved on the War Memorial to commemorate the men of the British 2nd Division who fell in the Battle of Kohima in 1944.

When you go home
Tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today