Saturday, 26 April 2014

New Song from Paul Turner New Zealand

It is most likely that this poem was the product of a joint effort among soldiers on the troopship Maunganui as they travelled to Egypt to join the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War. The collections of Herbert Spencer Rutherford and Albert George Turner include handwritten copies of this poem. Both men embarked from Wellington on 8 January 1916 and were attached to the 9th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company. At La Basseville, Belgium on 31 July 1917 during fierce fighting, Turner 10/3762 suffered a severe gunshot wound to the chest and Rutherford 10/3728 was killed.

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