Item #122999 People of Australia! Remember your Promise. Help the Soldiers. Herbert William MORRIS.

People of Australia! Remember your Promise. Help the Soldiers

Sydney, Goddard Printing Company Limited, [1916].

Duodecimo, [16] pages.

Lilac wrappers with the title on the front cover, punctuated differently ('People of Australia. Remember your Promise! Help the Soldiers!); covers slightly marked, with a few creases to the corners; three vertical creases throughout; a very good copy.

All but one of the poems in this pamphlet were written by Herbert William Morris in 1915 and 1916; 'A Tribute to Our Nurses' is attributed to Percy Ranninger, 'Late 15th field Ambulance'. All of Morris's poems have a date and place appended to them; all but one of them ('The Evacuation of Anzac', Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, January 1916) were written in the field in 1915. They range from Lemnos Island (April 20 and November 20), Gallipoli (April 30, May 19, and August 15), Gabe-Tepe (June), Lone Pine (September 30), and Tasmania Post, Gallipoli, October 15. 469 Herbert William Morris enlisted on 22 August 1914; the first poem in the pamphlet, 'The Curse of War', was written while he was on 'H.S. "Canada", June 10, 1915', being treated for gunshot wounds received at Gallipoli. He was wounded yet again before being repatriated on 1 November 1918, having qualified for 'Special 1914 Leave'. The National Library of Australia catalogue record for the only copy located in Trove suggests [1916?] as the date of publication. We suggest 1919 or later, after Morris had returned to Australia.

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