Richmond WW1 Diary 1 January 1916

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Soldiers’ propaganda

Across the country throughout the First World War local newspapers printed contributions written by soldiers, either during their time on the Front or on their return. These usually reinforced a message of patriotic duty.   The following lines from a poem by Sergeant Thurlow, sent from Malta, were printed by the Richmond and Twickenham Times on 1 January 1916.

Are you straight and smart and sturdy – 

Proud of health and strength, young man? 

Are you doing for your country

At this time the most you can?

She is worthy – do you doubt it? – 

Of the utmost you can do.

It is up to you to help her – yes

It’s up to you

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