The River Clyde Lamp

By Padraic Mulligan, 2nd year.

Object No. 90 Lamp from 'River Clyde', 1915
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

A bright shining light
Inside a dull shaded lamp
On the front of the River Clyde
Although it was dark and damp
The soldiers were kept warm by whiskey and rum
Their last source of morale
Before they arrived at the infamous Helles Beach.
Their stomaches twisted and turned 
But when they return home victorious 
That refreshing pint of lager will be earned.
As soon as they stepped off the River Clyde
They were surrounded in an uncomfortable mix of water, gunfire and blood
Many were injured and over half lay dead
Soon there was only a few who stood 
And all of it lay on Churchill’s head  

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