Crimean Invalid Soldiers reaping at Aldershot

Richard Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton

Reap ye the ripe, ripe corn,
Ye have reaped the green and the young.
The fruits that were scarcely born,-
The fibres that just were strung.

Ye have reaped, as the Destinies reap,
The wit and the worth of Man,
The tears that we vainly weep,
The deeds that we vainly plan.

Now reap as the generous life
Of the pregnant Earth commands.
Each seed with a future rife.
And the work of a thousand hands.

Aldershot has had a connection with the British army since a permanent camp was established there in 1854.

It is known as the "Home of the British Army".