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    Posted: 06 May 2015 at 16:14
Lt. William Thomas Forshaw V.C. 1/9 Bn Manchester Regiment was awarded the V.C. for actions during the period 7 - 9 August 1915. Several poems were penned regarding his deeds, these are just some;


What sterner purpose could incite my muse.
Than human courage knit with human skill,
Than art arrayed where demons lurk to kill,
When Fate compels, when Science cannot choose?
No note discordant shall my theme abuse.
For man has conquered where the devils till.
And courage triumphed over every ill;
The foe has failed against the hero's ruse.

Foremost in every path of human life,
In Art and Science as in Peace and War,
The House of Forshaw needs no bugles plea;
Safe from the holocaust of Prussian strife,
A fame succeeds the battle's horrid scar,—
Lieutenant Forshaw wins and wears "V.C"


To Lieutenant William T. Forshaw, V.C.
(1/9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, R.F.A.).

AND so young Forshaw, it was left to you,
To blood the Ninth with deeds of derring-do;
Manchester town, my lad, is proud of you,—
Bravo !

Ah ! what a title-deed is yours to Fame,
Which of our lads who would not do the same
In Will at least ? yet you have earned your name,-
Bravo !

True to your Motto, you have done your bit,
Winning your honours by your manly grit,
First in the Scroll of Fame, your name is writ—
Bravo !

Long as the years shall last, by young and old
Thy deeds of robust daring will be told.
Deeds that shall be inscribed in words of gold,—

Bravo !
Children will lisp thy record day by day,
And sing the valour of that wonder-fray,
When Forshaw fought and kept the foe at bay-
Bravo !

Forty-one hours you wrestled clean with Death,
Never assuming you could lie beneath ;
In deep-laid trench you won a warrior's wreath,-
Bravo !

Forty-one hours you braved the Turkish host,
Staying each rush, belying their proud boast,
And at the end stood victor at your post,—
Bravo !

Bravo ! Lieutenant Forshaw, thrice Bravo !
Fortune betide you whereso'er you go,
Manchester greets you, with all hearts aglow,—
Bravo !

Also by Canon Rawnsley

( Manchester Territorials. )

WHERE the three trenches met, with hero might
Dauntless and skilled the thunderbolts to throw,
He kept at bay the swarming Turkish foe,
Less man than God-like on that bloody height ;
War-worn his comrades passed from forth the fight
To rest, but tireless, leaping to and fro,
He took dark Death for squire, dealt blow on blow
Till stars looked out upon the second night.

There is another star that shall not set,
His star whose warrior heart was trained in peace,
Who, nursed in windy Barrow, knew the joy
Of those who fought like gods at 'windy Troy,'
Who left upon the hills of Chersonese
The master's word no scholars will forget.

To protect our history, we must secure it's future.
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