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My dear H. J.,
You have often asked me what are the favourite songs of the soldier on Active Service, the rhymed lines which give expression to his soul. It is difficult to give an answer, the mere words are " dud " shells, which drop harmlessly to earth close to their objective. The soldier and his song cannot be separated from their surroundings.
Let me explain and quote in illustration an incident which occurred a few weeks ago.
A certain regiment, which glories in the name of the " Old Diehards," sent a