Edward Roe in Chennai - 11 July, 1917

from Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919, page 289:

Our RQMS [Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant] has been on leave in Madras for the past week. He came to the Fort today and invited all East Lancs to a tea party at the bungalow in which he resides. We had a jolly good time and he spared no expense to make it a success. We had a ‘sing song’ after tea. He gave us his favourite ditty, ‘Down on the Yei Yei-o, or Yehio’. It is a river in China, I know, in which an old fellow named McDoodle and a lot of cows, pigs and goats figure prominently. On conclusion, he was tumultuously applauded. The song was very ancient, his voice slightly cracked,…   more >>
cite as

Edward Roe, and Peter Downham (ed.), Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919 (Barnsley, 2004), p. 289. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402556796751 accessed: 24 September, 2017

location of experience: Chennai

Listeners

Edward Roe
labourer, Soldier
1886-1952

Listening to

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Down on the Yei Yei-o

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 July, 1917
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Notes

Edward Roe was a profesisonal soldier who enlisted in 1905. He served with the East Lancashire Regiment, went on the Active Reserve list in March 1914, and was recalled to active service on the outbreak of war in August 1914.


Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:06:36 +0100