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The Sportsman

British Isles Genealogy | 23rd Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers

The Sportsmen

Sportsmen of every kind,

God! we have paid the score

Who left green English fields behind

For the sweat and stink of war!

New to the soldier's trade,

Into the scrum we came,

But we didn't care much what game we played

So long as we played the game.

We learned in a hell-fire school

Ere many a month was gone,

But we knew beforehand the golden rule,

"Stick it, and carry on!"

And we were a cheery crew,

Wherever you find the rest,

Who did what an Englishman can do,

And did it as well as the best.

Aye, and the game was good,

A game for a man to play,

Though there's many that lie in Delville Wood

Waiting the Judgment Day.

But living and dead are made

One till the final call,

When we meet once more on the Last Parade,

Soldiers and Sportsmen all!

(of the "Daily Mail").


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