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Frank Swannell Diaries: Part I

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BC Archives MS-0392 - Box 1, Volume 4-5

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6 Sets 4h. 7m.] JANUARY , 1915. [8th, Mn's last qu. 9:13 p.m.

Bravo! Kitchener sat in his London den Silent and grim and grey THURSDAY 7 [7—358] Making his plans with an iron pen, Just in Kitchener's way And he saw where the cloud a rose dark & dun And all that it meant he knew: "We shall want every man who can shoulder a gun to carry this thing right through!"

Bravo Kitchener! say what you want. No one shall say you nay. And the world shall know, where our bugler blow We've a man at the heat—today!

Jellicoe rides on the grey North Seas Watching the enemy's lines,

FRIDAY 8 [8—357} Cambridge Lent Term Begins

Where their Lord High Admirals skulk at ease Inside their hellish mines. They have drunk too deep to the boasted fight, They have vowed Too mad a vow! What do they think - on the watch - tonight? What toast are the drinking now?

Bravo Jellicoe! Call them again, And whenever they take the call, Show them the way, give them their "Day"! And settle it once for all!

And French is facing the enemy's front SATURDAY 9 [9—356] 2nd week Fire Insurance expires

Stubbornly day by day, Taking the odds and bearing the brunt Just in the Britisher's way. And he hears the message that makes him glad, Ring through the smoke and the flame: "Fight on Tommy! Stick to them, lad Jack's at the same old game!"

Bravo, Tommy, stand as you've stood. And whether you win or fall Show them you fight as gentlemen should And die like gentlemen all!


BC Archives, MS-0392 Box 1 Volume 4 / FRANK SWANNELL PAPERS / Diary and enclosures, 1915.

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