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Robert Dorman
75th division
Canadian Expeditionary Force



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

THE YPRES MENNEN ROAD

I have travelled France from east to west
And thought it very fine
Waded in mud knee deep with the rest
Of the boys in the old front line
I did not mind the tramp's in mud
Nor my pack which was such a load
But I hated one place it smelled of blood
T'was the Ypres Mennen road
But we had to tramp it to reach our line
In weather rough or fair
And many a comrade we left behind
Cause the enemy did not spare
man or beast you were all the same
Whether you walked or rode
As every shell bore someone's name
That hit the Ypres Mennen road
So I cursed that road both night and day
In my billet on up the line
And every night I used to pray
For Fritz to give me mine
I was getting you know a bit fed up
That's why I wanted to be na-pooed
So I would never again see pack and mud
And the Ypres Mennin road
Now I need not worry any more
I'm away from all the strife
And landed safe on England's shore
T'is the happiest day of my life
I have said good bye to mud and slime
And to my pack which was such a load
But I thank the Lord 'cause I got mine
On the Ypres Mennen road

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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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