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Robert Dorman
75th division
Canadian Expeditionary Force



VERSE AND WORSE BY R.O. (BOB) DORMAN

ENGLAND

Once more the hun is at the gate
Once more he shouts his hymn of hate
Against you England
Ah, could they have understood you right
Your love of peace not fear of might
Caused you so long to stay your hand
But fools are made to understand
And so the task is yours once more
To teach them, all they gain from war
Is pain, suffering, and misery
Once more your colors are unfurled
Once more to assure a weary world
That England still is England
Your call has sounded from ocean to ocean
Your Sons stand by in loyal devotion
Stand by for all the world to see
Our flag's the symbol of liberty
So humbly in God we place our trust
Our fate in his hands and if we must
We'll die for England

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Poems from the Great War

Copyright Karl Sack

Robert Dorman was born on the 6th of January 1900 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He joined the Canadian Army in the fall of 1914. His mother Isobella was horrified, and managed to have him discharged by Christmas of that same year. He was fourteen years old. However on June 13, 1915, after what we can imagine was quite the battle at home, he rejoined the army enlisting in the 75th division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), and was shipped to Horsham, England. Within months he would be fighting in the drowning muds of France and Belgium. It was about that time that he began to write the following poems. His poetry is a first hand account, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, of his life in the trenches as a Canadian soldier during "The war that was to end all wars!".

I have copied the poems word for word as he wrote them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have (and still do). If you have any comments please send me an email to Karl Sack

Enjoy the poems...Karl Sack

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