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Siegfried Sassoon, (1886-1967)
  • Known as Mad Jack for his reckless bravery.
  • He was shot in the head by friendly fire on July 18th 1918, but recovered.
  • Written in March 1917

  • If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath,
  • I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base,
  • And speed glum heroes up the line to death.
  • You'd see me with my puffy petulant face,
  • Guzzling and gulping in the best hotel,
  • Reading the Roll of Honour. `Poor young chap,'
  • I'd say - `I used to know his father well;
  • Yes, we've lost heavily in this last scrap.'
  • And when the war is done and youth stone dead,
  • I'd toddle safely home and die - in bed.
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