We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Tommy, fall be'ind,"
But it's " Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's " Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.

Excerpt taken from a poem by Rudyard Kipling
"Hurrah! For The Life Of A Soldier" Tommy, 1892



This year marks the centenary of the start of World War I, 1914 - 1918. To commemorate this momentous milestone in world history the Gibraltar National Archives H.M.Government of Gibraltar has put together a collection taken from our war archives.

Open Collection

Gibraltar National Archives - WWI Centenary
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