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    Shot at Dawn

    We shot him, ended his life, because it was only right,
    the soldier who had deserted his post at first light.

    We followed orders, did our duty by him,
    abided by the regulations -- every line.

    The private never denied his cowardice
    -- a lack of moral fiber is what it is.

    The chaplain gave the lad his last rites
    -- we'll have a bayonet less, next fight.

    The boy accepted the offer of a blindfold
    and faced his death like a man, all told:

    the sergeant gave the kid a Woodbine,
    lit it for him with a match, most kind.

    The private coughed at the initial drag,
    must have been his very first fag.

    Our squad obeyed the command from the Sarge.
    The boy dropped at the single barrage.

    Christopher T. George

    On 7th November 2007, the British Government
    agreed to give a posthumous pardon to all
    those executed for military offenses in the
    First World War.
    "Shot at Dawn" Memorial


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    They gave in after a long campaign Chris. Its wonderful though that they have recognition now.

    Nice Poem.
    BE NICE......................OR ELSE

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    Thanks, Spike.

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    Lovely poem Chris.

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    ..........Effects of execution on families were devastating..........And there was terrible shame.
    Executed men eventually received the same gravestones as their comrades and with no mention of their dishonourable ends. Yet at Bailleulmont in France the family of Private Albert Ingham added a defiant inscription after his name: “Shot at dawn, one of the first to enlist, a worthy son of his father.”


    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...f-the-cowards-

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    Very good Chris, I like that poem !

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    Thank you, Lizzie and Marty.

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