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