A brave man was imprisoned by the Communists in Korea. During his time as a prisoner of war, this man was singled out for “special treatment.” Yet, he found the will to show his faith when he carved a five-inch-tall (13cm) Celtic cross out of volcanic rock using, it is believed, just a nail.
Three replicas of a cross carved by a prisoner during the Korean War are to be blessed by the Bishop of Gloucester at the Gloucester Cathedral. The replicas were made by a stonemason, Wieslaw Scod.
The Replica Crosses will go to the following places:
One replica will go on display in the cathedral, one at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, and one will be sent to Paju in South Korea.
The original – known as the Carne Cross – was made by Lt Col James Power Carne of the Gloucestershire Regiment and is housed in Gloucester Cathedral.(BBC News)
Who was this man of faith, strength of will and a British hero?
Colonel Carne was a recipient of the Victorian Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, for actions during the Battle of the Imjin River during which Carne led The Glorious Glosters in a famous stand against an overwhelming Chinese attack on Gloster Hill.
Carne fell into Chinese captivity after his 700-man battalion’s astonishing resistance against an estimated 11,000 attackers was finally overcome. As the senior British officer among hundreds of prisoners kept in appalling conditions in camps in communist-held Korea, he was singled out for special treatment. While the other ranks were “re-educated” by the communist commissars at their camps, Carne was kept in solitary confinement. (Wikipedia)
In our world of confusion, it is good to remember the history and life stories of those who would stand for freedom and their Christian faith during the most difficult times.
The oldest national anthem is Great Britain’s “God Save the Queen,” which was described as a national anthem in 1825, is also a patriotic song and used on occasions of royal ceremonial since the mid-18th century. The military of Great Britain would have stood at attention many times for those whom they honor for bravery and great courage for their country.
Col. Carne, who was badly treated during his imprisonment, may not have been able to stand even if he could sing his country’s song, but his carvings of the cross showed his love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. It is most likely that his guards would have wondered at his dedication as he chiseled away the stone with his nail.
For this blog, Boyer Writes dedicates the British National Anthem in HONOR of LT.COLONEL JAMES POWER CARNE
BLESSINGS TO YOU ON OUR NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
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