Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reader's Poem

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reader's Poem

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REMEMBER OUR HEROES. T.J.Tompkins went to war He didn't understand what for. But orders posted through his door Were sent on the Goverment's say so. He didn't want to fire a gun Or be used as a means to kill the hun. But objections were met with derisive scorn So he went cos the Government said so.

The people who paid him to clean park benches Sent him to fight in far off trenches With no thought of the consequences. Why did the Goverment do so? He set sail on a boat to France Frightened to give a backward glance Would have swam home given half the chance.

He would if the Goverment said so. He thought the gunfire would never stop As he obeyed orders to go over the top. He crawled on his belly through the mud and the slop Because the Captain said so. He never saw the enemy once During the battle of the Somme in France Dodged bullets when he had the chance Because the sergeant said so. …

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