maandag 15 juni 2009

Tramping Along door de basisschool van Poelkapelle

In World War I during the retreat from Mons, Bridges found at St Quentin two exhausted British battalions whose commanding officers had assured the mayor that they would surrender to save the town from bombardment. Despite a shattered cheekbone and concussion, Bridges rallied the men with a tin whistle and toy drum and led them off to rejoin General French's army. The incident became famous. Appointed C.M.G. in 1915, Bridges received many foreign decorations and rapid promotion to major general. He lost a leg at Passchendaele and subsequently led two war missions overseas. For exploits in the Balkans, Russia and Asia Minor, he was appointed K.C.M.G. (1919) and K.C.B. (1925). His uncle Robert Bridges, the poet laureate, honoured him with an ode, 'To His Excellency'.

In de eerste dagen van WO1, tijdens de terugtocht uit Mons, trof Majoor Bridges te St. Quentin twee uitgeputte Britse bataljons aan. Hun bevelvoerende officieren hadden de burgemeester beloofd dat ze zich zouden overgeven om de stad voor het bombardement te sparen.
Ondanks een gesplinterd kaaksbeen en een hersenschudding bracht Maj. Bridges de manschappen terug op de been met een klein tinnen fluitje en een oude speelgoed trommel. Beide bataljons vervoegden op de tonen van de marsmuziek het leger van Generaal French.

De basisschool van Poelkapelle kreeg de muziek en tekst ter studie en de melodie zal waarschijnlijk uitgevoerd worden op de inhuldigingsplechtigheid van het Tank Memorial op 10 oktober 2009.

Titel: Tramping Along (To a little tin whistle and an old toy drum)
Tekst: Philip Seeley
Muziek: Max Darewski


Tekst integraal in het engels:

There's a story told of the Geat Retreat,
Of worn out men and worn out feet,
How the strongest fell and could march no more,
in the early days of the War:

Till the lilt of a tune that they used to hum
Was played on a whistle and a old toy drum,
And gave them the heart to struggle along;
That's why we sing this song:

Chorus:
Have a little tin whistle and an old toy drum
As you tramp along your way!
When you're down at heart,
They will help you start
To face another day.

So always remember, when your footsteps flag
and the world is sad and glum,
Things will never go wrong if you're tramping along
To a little tin whistle,
Yes, a little tin whistle,
Yes, a little tin whistle and a old toy drum.


There are times in life when you feel dead beat,
And some must face a great retreat,
Tho ' it's only to turn and to fight once more,
As they turned to fight in the War.

You may lose your home, you may lose your friends,
And nearly go down as the long day ends;
But keep on your feet and struggle along;
Just sing a cheerful song:

Chorus:
Have a little tin whistle and an old toy drum
As you tramp along your way!
When you're down at heart,
They will help you start
To face another day.

So always remember, when your footsteps flag
and the world is sad and glum,
When you're down in the dumps, you'll get over the bumps
With a little tin whistle,
Yes, a little tin whistle,
Yes, a little tin whistle and a old toy drum.

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