Old Blockade

Old Blockade - by a boy at Dartmouth

Observe how doth the British Navy

Baulk the Bavarian of his gravy

While the fat Boche from Köln to Munick

Cannot expand to fill his tunic.

While Austrians in East Falicia

Remark (in Czech) we cant stand this ‘ere

Retreating hordes in Mesopotamia

Reply (in Kopt) it’s just the same here

And hungry Kurds cry “do not ask us”

What stuff shall they eat in Damascus

We know they’re chewing curried horse, or

Still nastier things from Plock to Warsaw

But what our Government to us chuck

Is worse that what they get at Rustchuk

Their beer is growing daily weaker

(It stops just north of Salonika)

and the fat Boche from Pomerania

Afflicted with potato mania

Expects to get the same in Groduo:

And does he get it? O Good Lord no!

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Voices from 1918 has been developed by artists Sharon Hayden and Alastair Nisbet in partnership with Wimborne Community Theatre, Dorset History Centre and the Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thanks to all who have helped us with this project: Maria Gayton and staff at Dorset History Centre where we found Lady Mary Monkswell’s diaries; Joan Cocozza, ward of nursing auxiliary Olive Harcourt; Portland Museum where we found James Sansom’s diaries; the British Library and Wellcome Libraries; Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne and Gill Horitz from Wimborne Community Theatre.

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