LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY
The Great War created 21,000 new millionaires in America alone.
Land of hope and Glory
Mother of the free
Hooray for the greatest war the
World will ever see.
No, that doesn't seem quite right
Not if I'm the one that has to fight
But they say half of the world is coloured in red
Where there's hundreds and thousands,
Millions and millions,
Will flock to the flag
To do fighting instead
For I was born British, in God's Own Country
And I'm thinking, my boy
What's in it for me?
And after it all
We'll all have a ball
Those who are left
Not those who might fall...
There'll be drinking and dancing,
And a dance called the Charleston
And Razzamataz !
So lucky old me in reserved occupation
Buying and selling, lifeblood of this nation
And then, when it's over
There's me, sitting in clover
Flogging the flags for the Great Celebration!
© nigel hallworth 2014
1 million five hundred and twenty-four thousand one hundred and eighty-seven soldiers, - from the Indian Army and other ' coloured troops', served in the Great War.
There were also 96,000 Chinese, 100,000 Egyptians, 21,000 Black South Africans and 21,000 Indians, employed as labourers.