INSIDE FRONT COVER
Jessie M Akehurst
3rd Southern G hospital
PTE. D. PATTERSON.
20TH. SER. BATTN.
JAN. 1ST. 1916
WHY NOT A LITTLE MORE FREEDOME IN DESIGN
Good old Somerville
If ? you Know a better hole
Go to it.
st.R. Thompson Ro
R. W. KeatRgn
7th. Northd. Fres
12 BAT. A.I.F
THE. WATTLE KNOLL
A CLOUD OF YELLOW ON THE TREES,
A WAVE OF PERFUME IN THE BREEZE,
A KNOLL THAT TOPS THE WIDE GREEN PLAIN –
AN ISLE OF GOLD IN ROLLING MAIN.
MEET THE HAPPY FAIRIES HERE
WHEN THE MOON SHINES BRIGHT AND CLEAR
DANCE AROUND THEIR LITTLE QUEEN
DECKED IN SPRAYS OF GOLD & GREEN
HERE, TOO, DOES THE MAGPIE’S VOICE
BID HIS NOISY MATE REJOICE
FOOLISH BIRD! PRAY WHO COULD BE
SAD NEATH AUSTRALIA’S GOLDEN WATTLE TREE
JAN. 1. 16
The Lance Corporal
One of the “bravest things.”
Boys flying kites haul in their white
We can’t do this when we are flying
Careful with fire is good advice we know
Careful with words is ten times doubly so.
Thoughts unexpressed sometimes fall back
But God himself can’t kill them when
T Hargreaves L/cpl.4969.
20th Batt Royal Fusiliers
Think of me sometimes
Think of me ever
Think of the good time
We have had together
Think of me when you are happy
Keep for me one little spot
Plant for me in your affections
One sweet little Forget me not
So many faiths, so many creeds,
So many paths, that wind + wind;
While just the art of being kind,
Is all this hard world needs.
H.S. Benjamin Lieut.
1/8 - Bn. The Worcestershire Regt.
Bringing up the guns
2/ The Buffs
Of all the bright stars, which around us do shine,
In a fermanent created by war’s blackened line;
There’s one who shines out, with a light quite it’s own,
From within three red rings on a snowy white gown.
Her smile sheds its beams on the sick in the wards,
And to those who are well it sweet solace affords;
So that each task is lighter- A black outlook brighter,
To many an old blighter- downed by Kulher’s War lords
There are some who to fame, have a well deserved claim,-
And many who’ve won the title “Grand Dame”;
But whether the front be the East or the West,
There are none more than she, who by Tommy are blessed.
48th GEN HOSPITAL
D.A. D. March 10th 1916
“Come into the Garden, Maud”
Shoeing Smith E. V. Goddard
10th Middlesex Regt
Wounded Aug 10th 1915
Suvla Bay Landing
23rd ® K.R.R’s
IN AFFECTIONATE and PIOUS MEMORY of
who, after a life , not alas! Without sta---
dropped out of existence,
the thirty first day of
Gerald . H. Claypole. Lt
12th XXXX Lancashires
By Gum its Stuck
THE GERMAN “WAR CHEST”
1/4th Cheshire regt.
Jan 20th 1916.
Wounded Suvla Bay
Aug. 10th 1925
HXXXX J. Smith
“It’s nice to get up in the morning
But it’s nicer to stay in bed”
2nd London Regt. R.F.
This little pig ate all the roast beef
This little pig had none
The years must pass
But friendship need not
Leo C Smythe Capt
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others
Cannot keep it from themselves”
Gordon W.D. Statt.C.7
Somerville Hospital Oxford
January 28th. 1917
J H Cathcart
Arfe tak a guid glown afore yae lawfs
W M Robert
H. Orton 2 Lt.
J. Eric. Smith
W W Thornton 2nd Lt
10 R Warwicks
1 Dec 1916
The average man’s Life
48 Gen. Hospl.
Then come all ye to Somerville
with wounds or with disease
Who would be nice & ‘comfy’ &
feel quite at their ease
The Sisters are a jolly lot & look
well to your needs.
I trust a grateful Country will
be thankful for their deeds.
A stitch in time, gathers no moss
Somerville 17 Jan 1917
A Typhoid Microbe
The Eagle is the bird to soar.
The Hawk is king of the woods.
The Mocking-bird can sing the score
But the Hen delivers the goods.
48th General Hospital
He’s happy & satisfied Aren’t you?
Sydney H. Firth Lt.
124 Trench Mortar Battery
A SNARE AND A DELUSION
Pte W STREET
48. GEN. HOSP
The moral of my story is plainly to
You ‘aven’t got no families when
a-serving of the Queen,
You aven’t got no fathers, brothers,
Sisters, sweethearts, sons-
If you want to win your battles,
Go and work your bloomin’ guns.
I want to stroll down Bond Street-
Lord! What memories it brings!-
I want to see shop windows
Full of flimsy, useless things;
Rosy pink and pale blue mysteries-
P’r’haps you know the kind I mean?-
(Are boudoir caps still in fashion?
Do they still wear crepe de chine?)
I long for Piccadilly,
And its crowd of lovely girls,
With neat, silk stockinged ankles, and captivating curls;
With their thin, delicious blouses,
Dreams of silk and filmy net-
(Are pink nighties still in fashion?
Do they still wear crepe Georgette?)
Arnold C Howe 2/Lt
Essex Regt. 22/1/17
PILGRIMS OF THE NIGHT (MACEDONIA)
Pte. W. Street
Pte. W. Street
R.A.M.C. 48th Gen. Hosp
Experience is like the stern lights of a ship
and shows the path o’er which we have come.
A. N. Peebles Sgt.
48th Gen. Hosp.
(Date o/s Fire)
Quick, quick waiter. Bring me a toothpick.
My meat ration has fallen into a hollow tooth.
48 GEN. Hosp.
“Has anybody got a Pin”
2 Gloucester Regt.
48 Gen. Hosp. Salonica
Opening bars of No.2
of Three Short Violin solos
Opus 7 No 3
As I had nothing to do, I thought I may
as well pen a few ---------- ------------- -------------- -------------
but as I have nothing to say I won’t mention
it as no doubt you have already heard
48 General Hospital
B.S.F. 5th June ‘18
48th Gen. Hpl.
48 Gen Hospital
‘SOMEBODY’S PET FANCY’
48 GEN. HOSPITAL
“You’ve been a gay boy once”
Dec. 7th. 1916
Donald G. Brook
May Dame Fortune be ever your Friend,
and may you never meet her Daughter
2/4 R.G.A. (Sieg)
Would but some winged Angel ere too late
Arrest the yet unfolded Roll of fate,
And make the stern Recorder otherwise
Enregister or quite obliterate!
(Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
From an old Lady Friend
I am sitting here on the XXXX Chair
Thinking of 4 years past when me
And you we walked upon the Hills
And viewed the glorious sea and heard
The couco sing. We picked the violets once
And, then came the Goodbye
To one so sweet
Gran from London
August 2nd 1919