The stoker down below

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  1. The stoker down below
    [​IMG]by NNPost » Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:43 pm

    The Stoker down below

    You hear of Tommy Atkins
    Those gallant sons of mass
    You hear about our sailor boys
    Those brave and jolly tars
    You read about our airmen
    And their exploits o’er the foe
    But there’s one you never hear about
    The stoker down below.

    When the battles at its height
    And shells are falling fast
    He never knows the moment which
    Is going to be his last
    He knows his work and does it well
    He makes the big ship go
    And his breast is filled with pride
    He’s the stoker down below.

    He knows ‘pon him depends the fate
    Of one of Britains Prides
    He gets no word from those above
    Of how the battle tides
    He hears the guns incessant roar
    He feels the battle grow
    He knows that much depends on him
    The stoker down below.

    He never sees a shot go home
    He never feels the thrill
    Of seeing a beaten battered foe
    Bend to superior skill
    He sees not an enemy flag come down
    Yet does he grumble? No.
    For still there’s work for him to do
    The stoker down below.

    And when the battles din has ceased
    And the men behind the guns
    Have placed another victory
    To Britain’s dauntless sons
    And others have their honours gained
    Do the British public know
    That recognition goes to all
    But the stoker down below.

    So when you say your prayers tonight
    And said one for the men who fight
    And shed their blood for the cause of right
    Just say a little prayer or so
    For the stoker down below.

    This poem was written in 1914 by Michael Edwin Monaghan whilst serving with the Kings Liverpool Regiment and was put to music by great grandson Mike Monaghan, 100 years later.

    Found at https://navynews.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=79025
     
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    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Pinched, cheers :)
     

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