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GREAT BRITAIN POEM by BILLY FOSTER

by BBC Radio Foyle

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poem by 12 year old boy in 1939
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BERAGH, CO TYRONE
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Civilian
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A7163255
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21 November 2005

this is an extract from the poem Great britain written by billy foster aged 12 in 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial School Beragh, co Tyrone Northern Ireland. published with the permission of PRONI

Radio Foyle has had the help of the public Record office Northern ireland in gathering stories and memories for the Peoples War site. earlier this year archivists from proni went to beragh in County tyrone to pick up old school records from beragh primary school amongst the leaves of the registers they found some poems written by the children of Lincoln Memorial School during the war years - this is a poem called Great Britain by billy foster aged 12

Great Britain

Men of Great Britain
Awaken to the call
to fight the common enemy
Togther one and all

we must fight the cruel Nazis
In the fight for liberty
and if old england they invade
Well beaten they shall be

And if they try to come by sea
The navy will be there
And our brave Royle Air Force
Shall conquer in the air

The army too can trash them
And drive them to their knees
For God above is with us
And those Nazi brutes He sees.

Ans we alone can conquer,
And win through to the end
All praise to God who made us,
our Saviour and our friend

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