Vera Brittain in Macclesfield - early March, 1900

from Testament of youth / Vera Brittain, pages 7-8:

From the unrolling mists of oblivious babyhood, the strains drift back to me of ‘We’re Soldiers of the Queen, me lads!’ and ‘Good-bye, Dolly, I must leave you’. An organ was triumphantly playing the first of these tunes in a Macclesfield street one cold spring morning when I noticed that banners and gay streamers were hanging from all the windows. ‘It’s because of the Relief of Ladysmith,’ my mother explained in response to my excited questioning; ‘Now Uncle Frank will be coming home.’ But Uncle Frank … never came home after all, for he died of enteric in Ladysmith …   more >>
cite as

Vera Brittain, Testament of youth / Vera Brittain (:London, 1978), p. 7-8. accessed: 20 July, 2024

location of experience: Macclesfield


Vera Brittain

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Good-bye, Dolly, I must leave you
We're Soldiers of the Queen, me lads!

Experience Information

Date/Time early March, 1900
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by mallen on Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:52:19 +0000