Become our sponsor and display your banner here
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

A Couple of Boer War Hankerchiefs

Article about: Hi all, just thought I would post these for interests sake. The Absent Minded Beggar one, I think was mass produced to encourage the public to give money to assist the wives and children of

  1. #1

    Default A Couple of Boer War Hankerchiefs

    Hi all, just thought I would post these for interests sake. The Absent Minded Beggar one, I think was mass produced to encourage the public to give money to assist the wives and children of servicemen (note the not so subtle lyrics). The 1st Battalion Essex Regiment one, I was lucky enough to inherit, although I am not sure yet which family member was in South Africa. Interesting as it was printed in Maritzburg, and is of better quality than the first one. Not sure how many more there are of these floating about.

    The Absent Minded Beggar

    WHEN you've shouted "Rule Britannia," when you've sung "God save the Queen,"
    When you've finished killing Kruger with your mouth,
    Will you kindly drop a shilling in my little tambourine
    For a gentleman in khaki ordered South?
    He's an absent-minded beggar, and his weaknesses are great—
    But we and Paul must take him as we find him—
    He is out on active service, wiping something off a slate
    And he's left a lot of little things behind him!
    Duke's son—cook's son - son of a hundred kings
    (Fifty thousand horse and foot going to Table Bay!)
    Each of 'em doing his country's work
    (and who's to look after their things?)
    Pass the hat for your credit's sake,
    and pay—pay—pay !

    There are girls he married secret, asking no permission to,
    For he knew he wouldn't get it if he did.
    There is gas and coals and vittles, and the house-rent falling due,
    And its more than rather likely there’s a kid.
    There are girls he’s walked with casual. They’ll be sorry now he’s gone,
    For an absent-minded beggar they will find him,
    But it ain’t the time for sermons with the winter coming on
    We must help the girl that Tommy’s left behind him!
    Cook's son—Duke's son—son of a belted Earl
    Son of a Lambeth publican—it's all the same to-day !
    Each of 'em doing his country's work
    (and who's to look after the girl?)
    Pass the hat for your credit's sake,
    and pay—pay—pay !

    There are families by thousands, far too proud to beg or speak,
    And they'll put their sticks and bedding up the spout,
    And they'll live on half o' nothing, paid 'em punctual once a week,
    'Cause the man that earns the wage is ordered out.
    He's an absent-minded beggar, but he heard his country call,
    And his reg'rnent didn't need to send to find him!
    He chucked his job and joined it—so the job before us all
    Is to help the home that Tommy's left behind him !
    Duke's job—cook's job—gardener, baronet, groom.
    Mews or palace or paper-shop, there's someone gone away!
    Each of 'em doing his country's work
    (and who's to look after the room?)
    Pass the hat for your credit's sake,
    and pay—pay—pay !

    Let us manage so as, later, we can look him in the face,
    And tell him—what he'd very much prefer
    That, while he saved the Empire, his employer saved his place,
    And his mates (that's you and me) looked out for her.
    He's an absent-minded beggar and he may forget it all,
    But we do not want his kiddies to remind him
    That we sent 'em to the workhouse while their daddy hammered Paul,
    So we'll help the homes that Tommy left behind him !
    Cook's home—Duke's home—home of a millionaire,
    (Fifty thousand horse and foot going to Table Bay !)
    Each of 'em doing his country's work
    (and what have you got to spare?)
    Pass the hat for your credit's sake,
    and pay—pay—pay !
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6300.jpg 
Views:	44 
Size:	225.9 KB 
ID:	658044   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6301.jpg 
Views:	35 
Size:	226.3 KB 
ID:	658045  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6302.jpg 
Views:	32 
Size:	218.0 KB 
ID:	658046   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6303.jpg 
Views:	38 
Size:	227.6 KB 
ID:	658047  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6304.jpg 
Views:	39 
Size:	213.5 KB 
ID:	658048   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6305.jpg 
Views:	32 
Size:	217.2 KB 
ID:	658049  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCF6306.jpg 
Views:	38 
Size:	221.3 KB 
ID:	658050  

  2. #2

    Default

    Very interesting and what a great find!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

  3. #3

    Default

    Very cool items James, not something you see often and the Boer war seems to have been largely forgotten by many these days, though I suppose it was rather un pc in some aspects.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

  4. #4

    Default

    Very interesting primary source, thanks for posting

  5. #5

    Default

    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    Very cool items James, not something you see often and the Boer war seems to have been largely forgotten by many these days, though I suppose it was rather un pc in some aspects.
    Indeed, I must confess I know very little about the Boer War, I don't recognise many of the engagements listed and certainly couldn't comment on them, but I do pick up memorabilia when it comes up for cheap.

  6. #6
    ?

    Default

    James good finds & very interesting..I'm no expert on the Boer War but it is well worth a look into just You Tube it with a spare hour & you will learn lots!!.Some nice looking medals from the age too..If you fancy selling one in the future I'm your man. As I am trying to make a Boer war shelf in very slow time lol. Cheers Terry.

  7. #7
    ?

    Default

    Very Nice, I just picked up a couple pof Boar War items myself yesterday, a towel marked to a member of the RAMC and a canvas pouch for flares worn on the belt.

    Dean O

  8. #8

    Default

    James, like you I have not really studied the Boer Wars, but I have a few items from that period in my collection and I am always on the look out for more.

    Dean, it sounds like you had a good day yesterday.

    Terry, I look forward to seeing your shelf.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

  9. #9
    ?

    Default

    I had a good day, my kitchen table is piled with stuff I bought, just starting to sort it out, In a box of common badges I found 2 escape compass's, an AOS Instructor "wings" from the BCATP as well as a pair of CTTC titles I have never seen before, still trying to figure them out!!

    Dean O

  10. #10

    Default

    Quote by Tango View Post
    James good finds & very interesting..I'm no expert on the Boer War but it is well worth a look into just You Tube it with a spare hour & you will learn lots!!.Some nice looking medals from the age too..If you fancy selling one in the future I'm your man. As I am trying to make a Boer war shelf in very slow time lol. Cheers Terry.
    I too look forward to seeing your shelf when it is complete Terry. I have had a look on ebay and the Absent Minded Beggar handkerchiefs are quite reasonably priced at around £20, which is something to look at.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Boer War Red Cross

    In Collections display
    02-20-2014, 11:28 PM
  2. Jingoistic Boer war plate.

    In WW1 Allies: Great Britain, France, USA, etc 1914 - 1918
    11-29-2013, 10:00 PM
  3. Boer War shell? Maker?

    In Ordnance and ammo
    12-08-2011, 04:46 AM
  4. Boer War Mauser

    In World Firearms
    04-17-2011, 11:57 PM
  5. Lockdales offer a Boer War/WWI medal set

    In Orders, medals and decorations
    03-17-2011, 07:56 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •