Edmund Blunden in Bollezeele - January, 1917

from Undertones of War, page 169:

...[W]e were sent...to an untouched and sociable village called Bollezeele.... It was near St Omer. There we ate and slept excellently, and for myself, I was in the house of the local doctor, whose talk was in the best style of wisdom and tolerance. We endlessly played the gramophone, and we had concerts at which the metre and tune of "England was England when Germany was a pup," served for numerous additional verses of personalities. "Harrison" was rhymed thus: "The listening posts they think it hot, the noisy way he carries on," and "Allen": "who issued the troops with a small tot of…   more >>
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Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (Harmondsworth, 1982), p. 169. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1395333897520 accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Bollezeele


Edmund Blunden
university teacher, Poet

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England was England when Germany was a pup

Experience Information

Date/Time January, 1917
Medium live, playback
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:44:57 +0000