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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Counter-Attack and Other Poems.  1918.

9. Twelve Months After

HULLO! here’s my platoon, the lot I had last year. 
‘The war’ll be over soon.’ 
              ‘What ’opes?’ 
                      ‘No bloody fear!’ 
Then, ‘Number Seven, ’shun! All present and correct.’         5
They’re standing in the sun, impassive and erect. 
Young Gibson with his grin; and Morgan, tired and white; 
Jordan, who’s out to win a D.C.M. some night; 
And Hughes that’s keen on wiring; and Davies (’79), 
Who always must be firing at the Boche front line.
    .    .    .    .
‘Old soldiers never die; they simply fide a-why!’ 
That’s what they used to sing along the roads last spring; 
That’s what they used to say before the push began; 
That’s where they are to-day, knocked over to a man. 



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