Christina Keith in Dieppe - 11 November, 1918

from War Classics: The Remarkable Memoir of Scottish Scholar Christina Keith on the Western Front, page 55:

When I went in [to class], they [the soldiers] were still sober and the hut was packed to the door. Most of them were singing and some few laughing and talking. Would you like to know what they sang? No ‘Rule Britannia’ or ‘God Save The King’ - English soldiers rarely sing either unless they are bidden. No - it was a chorus we were to hear every day for the next six months, with varying emphasis — ‘When do we go home?’, each word punctuated by thumps of mugs on tables, and the last word raised the roof…. Outside bells blared; flags flew; bands played; at every window in the …   more >>
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Christina Keith, and Flora Johnston (ed.), War Classics: The Remarkable Memoir of Scottish Scholar Christina Keith on the Western Front (Stroud, 2014), p. 55. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1399651659230 accessed: 21 November, 2017

location of experience: Dieppe

Listeners

Christina Keith
academic, classicist, lecturer
1889-1963

Listening to

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Tipperary
Marseillaise

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 November, 1918
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others

Notes

Christina was a lecturer with the British Army's education scheme.


Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 09 May 2014 17:07:39 +0100