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THE LANDING AT SUVLA BAY PART 1

By 17th June 2013December 9th, 2019No Comments

YOU MAY TALK OF BALACLAVA
AND OF TRAFALGAR DAY
BUT WHAT OF THE 11TH DIVISION
WHO LANDED AT SUVLA BAY
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THEY WERE PART OF KITCHENERS ARMY
SOME HAD LEFT CHILDREN AND WIVES
BUT THEY FOUGHT FOR ENGLANDS FREEDOM
FOUGHT FOR THEIR VERY LIVES
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IT WAS ON THE 6TH OF AUGUST
WHEN THEY MADE THERE TERRIBLE DASH
AND THE TURKS OLONG THE HILLSIDE
OUR BOATS WERE TRYING TO SMASH

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THE ORDER CAME FIX BAYONETS
AS OUT OF THE BOATS THEY GOT
EVERY MAN THERE WAS AN HERO
WHO WAS FACING THE TURKISH SHOT

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FUNNELS OF SHIPS GOT SMASHED
WHILE THE SEA IN SOMEPARTS WAS RED
BUT THEY FOUGHT THEIR WAY THROUGH THE OCEAN
TO THE BEACH THAT WAS COVERED WITH DEAD
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CREEPING AT LAST UP THE HILLSIDE
WHILE SHOT AND SHELL FELL AROUND
THEY MADE A LAST DESPERATE EFFORT
AND CHARGED OVER THE TURKISH GROUND

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THE TURKS AT LAST GAVE IT UP
WHEN THEY SAW THE BAYONETS PLAY
FOR THEY TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THE BRITISH
AND RETIRED FROM SUVLA BAY
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THERE WERE LINCONS. DORSETS. BORDERS
AND THE NOTTS AND DERBYS TOO
THE STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT WERE THEIR
THE ROUGH AND READY CREW

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THEN WE GET THE MANCHESTERS
WITH THE L.FE BY THEIR SIDE
THE BOY WHO COMES FROM LANCASHIRE
WHO FILL OUR HEARTS WITH PRIDE

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THE YORKS. WEST YORKS AND EAST YORKS
THE YORKS AND LANDS AS WELL
WHO FOUGHT FOR GOOD OLD YORKSHIRE
WHERE OMONG THE LADS WHO FELL

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THE FIGHTING FIFTH WERE FIGHING HARD
NORTHUMBERLANDS LADS YOU KNOW
WHILE THE DUKE OF WELLINGTONS AS WELL
WERE KEEPING BACK THE FOE

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AND FAR AWAY ON THE HILLSIDE
LYING BENEATH THE CLAY
ARE SOME OF LADS WHO DIED
WHILE TRYING TO WIN THE DAY

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SO REMEMBER THE 11TH DIVISION
WHO ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS YOU KNOW
BUT THEY FOUGHT AND DIED LIKE HEROES
WHILE GOING TO FACE THE FOE

John Bennett

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