Henry Burstow in Horsham - the 1800's

from Reminiscences of Horsham, pages 108-109:

I remember, when quite a boy, buying for my mother of a pedlar, as he sang in the street, the old ballad "Just before the battle, Mother." This was her favourite song because, I think, her brother, their mother's favourite boy, after having fought in many battles, had deserted and fled and was never more heard of. I have sung this song to her many times, never without bringing tears to her eyes; her last request to me as she lay on her death bed (she died 14th March, 1857) was to sing it to her again. It was this occasion - the occasion that comes but once in a lifetime - in which my …   more >>
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Henry Burstow, Reminiscences of Horsham (Horsham, September, 1911), p. 108-109. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432908498288 accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: Horsham


Henry Burstow
Bellringer, Shoemaker

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Just before the battle, Mother

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1800's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by mallen on Fri, 29 May 2015 15:08:18 +0100