Elizabeth Gilchrist: Demobbed Soldier & Rosary Beads September 08, 2016 The demobbed soldier in the poem 'Trial Runs' is my father. Local soldiers were bringing home or posting home Rosary Beads from Rome, where they were among the first troops to enter Rome during WWII. Seamus Heany had expressed a wish to have a set of these beads and Paddy Heaney asked my father, his neighbour, if he would get a set for him. My father promised he would and, true to his promise, when he was demobbed he brought the beads. Paddy and my dad joked about the size of them.