David Barrogill Keith in Flanders - 1915

from Letter from David Barrogill Keith to his family, 20 Dec. 1915, page 178:

Last night we had a concert. But soldiers’ concerts out here are different indeed from those at home. At home there are civilians and lots of smiling people in a well-lit hall. Here in Flanders it’s a whitewashed schoolhouse with a stone floor, and the light is penny dips and the audience is only the khaki coated Tommy with his pipe in his mouth. Often they sing with no accompaniment and the predominant note is a dull low dreary melancholy about ‘Dead for bread’ or something of that sort. Be the song dismal, be the singer a bass and be there no accompaniment and roll the song on …   more >>
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Christina Keith, Letter from David Barrogill Keith to his family, 20 Dec. 1915. In Christina Keith, and Flora Johnston (ed.), War Classics: The Remarkable Memoir of Scottish Scholar Christina Keith on the Western Front (Stroud, 2014), p. 178. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1399909918627 accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: Flanders


David Barrogill Keith

Listening to

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Dear Homeland - goodbye
When Irish eyes are smiling

Experience Information

Date/Time 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 12 May 2014 16:51:58 +0100