The River Clyde Lamp

By Matthew Callan, 2nd Year

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

The men upon the River Clyde were full of pride

As it set off on it’s mystic voyage Gallipoli

None could have told the future or have foreseen the awful torture.

On the ship there was a lamp that lit the way into the damp 

As they came closer the wind whipped up

The ship had to land at an awful angle

No one could foresee how the Turks would show no mercy.

The lamp was made from copper

not like the ones you’d see on a chopper

It also had a bit of gold on the handle that was just as old

If I had known what was to happen

I would not have been as quick to sign up

My father would say

“You’ll be fine, Sure be back by Christmas time”

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