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A tribute to all those who volunteered and died in the great war.

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    YOUNG FELLOW MY LAD


    "Where are you going, Young fellow My lad,
    On this glittering morn of May?"
    "I'm going to join the Colours, dad;
    They're looking for men, they say."
    "But you're only a boy, Young Fellow My Lad;
    You aren't obliged to go."
    "I'm seventeen and a quarter, Dad,
    And ever so strong, you know."


    "So you're off to France, Young Fellow, My Lad,
    And you're looking so fit and bright."
    "I'm terribly sorry to leave you, Dad,
    But I feel that I'm doing right."
    "God bless you and keep you, Young Fellow My
    Lad,
    You're all of my life, you know."
    "Don't worry. I'll soon be back, dear Dad,
    And I'm awfully proud to go."


    "Why don't you write, Young Fellow, My Lad?
    I watch for the post each day;
    And I miss you so, and I'm awfully sad,
    And its months since you went away.
    And I've had the fire in the parlour lit,
    And I'm keeping it burning bright
    Till my boy comes home; and here I sit
    Into the quiet night."


    "What is the matter, Young fellow, My Lad?
    No letter again to-day.
    Why did the postman look so sad,
    And sigh as he turned away?
    I hear them tell that we've gained new ground,
    But a terrible price we've paid:
    God grant, my boy, that you're safe and sound;
    But oh I'm afraid, afraid."


    "They've told me the truth, Young Fellow, My
    Lad:
    You'll never come back again.
    (Oh God! the dreams, and the dreams I've had,
    And the hopes I've nursed in vain!)

    For you passed in the night, Young fellow My
    Lad,
    And you proved in the cruel test
    Of the screaming shell and the battle hell
    That my boy was one of the best."


    "So you'll live, you'll live, Young fellow, My
    Lad,
    In the gleam of the evening star,
    In the woodnote wild and the laugh of the child,
    In all sweet things that are.
    And you'll never die, my wonderful boy,
    While life is noble and true;
    For all our beauty and hope and joy
    We will owe to our lads like you."

    (Robert W Service)

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    That's from the Book by Robert Service Called "Rhymes of the Red Cross Man". The Book that came out in 1916 was detacated to his Brother who was Killed in 1916.
    I have a 1st edition of this book in my collection as well as others he wrote.

    An interesting side line to this Poem, Country Joe Macdonald and the Fish ( a band from the 60s and 70s) put out an Album called "War War War"
    It was made up of Poems converted to songs, all from the above mentioned Book. It was an anti war album put out during the VN War.

    Service was born in Scotland, however he moved to Canada before WW1 and stayed here for sometime, a lot of the time in the Far North.
    During WW1 He served as a Stretcher Bearer and Ambulance Driver.

    Dean O
    Canada

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    Hi Dean,

    I am also fortunate enough to have a copy of this book with the inscription, but mine is the second impression from 1918. I have always considered the works of Robert W Service to be vastly underrated compared to the likes of Graves, Owen, Brooks, and Sassoon. His poems do not receive the recognition they so justifiably deserve.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Harry I agree, He put out many Books that are so descriptive in the Poems, He wrote a few about the Boar War, many about WW1, and Several about the Canadian North, In schools in Ontario in the late 60s you had to Memorize The Shooting of Dan McGrew.

    Dean O
    Canada

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    Heres My Copy of the Book, One of my favs is the Poem "Jean Desprez"

    I have also taken photos of the 2 page Poem "The Call" Hope they come out In the right order.

    Dean O
    Canada

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    Funnily enough, I posted that poem on the dreaded 'Facebook' this morning - along with a few pictures of relatives. And another odd thing... I had some mail off the Royal British Legion - informing me that I had a relative, Pte H Corbett who served in the Canadian Infantry. He is buried in Southern cemetery in Manchester . DOW in 1917.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    The Only H. Corbett I can find that Died of Wounds in 1917 is Hurbert Corbett Number 141324, he was Serving with the 21st Battalion CEF
    He was Born in Malta Ontario.

    He is his sign up papers,

    Image - Library and Archives Canada

    For some reason only the back of the form is shown, on the upper left is the search box, click there and when the search box comes up, just put his number in it, then both sides will show up

    Hope this helps

    Dean O
    Canada

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    Harry the mans surname just happens to be the same as yours,check your family history before you get to excited.I also got one of a soldier KIA 1916 same surname as mine.

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    Harry the mans surname just happens to be the same as yours,check your family history before you get to excited.I also got one of a soldier KIA 1916 same surname as mine.
    I'm not excited about it. I know it is just a ploy to get me to donate to RBL, but I do that anyway. But it just so happens that there was a member of the Corbett family who served in WW1, I remember finding the medal when I was very young. But as I told Dean (CampX) in a PM, I know little about my father or his relatives. He never spoke to me about the war or his family, and he died when I was 15.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Cheers for posting Steve!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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

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