Pte BERTIE HIBBETT, The Cenacle, Red Cross Hospital, Wallesley, New Brighton, Cheshire: ‘BACK from the FRONT’.
This Poem, possibly begun in the trenches, was finished in the Red Cross Hospital ready for the October Concert Programme. It indicates that my father was allowed Home to Walsall about this time in 1916. This is supported by a photograph of him in uniform with his arm in a sling & my Dad’s caption:’Possibly taken at 95 Foden Rd Walsall’, added in 1960s.
Dedicated to my Home
Cheer O! Cheer O! Here I fly!
Dodging shells which burst so high;
Daring not to stop and sigh;
I picture Home Sweet Home so dear
Ma and Pa are thinking of me
At Home beyond that strip o’sea,
Where I so long, and wish to be.
Where I can banish all my fear.
Back Home! Back Home! There’s ma Mere
Et ma Soeur, et Frere, et Pere
I kiss them all (both) here and there
Then with our faces all aglow
We gather round the fire-side
Putting war news on one side
We talk until we’re satisfied,
And very soon forget the foe.
Back Home! Back Home!, Oh what it is
To feel the thrilling Heavenly Bliss
To give my Mother a loving kiss
In my Home where I behold
And see my father’s face again
After my life of toil and pain
Which I had not born in vain,
But for Freedom to uphold.
A.H.Hibbett Oct. 1916.
I published this poem too soon by mistake hence the quick update!
NB My father’s French has not improved!
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