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    Posted: 24 May 2015 at 14:34
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Greetings, found this poem 'Suvla Bay' by one 'W.H.Littlejohn in the anthology 
'The Muse in Arms' A collection of War Poems, for the most part written in the field of action' , 
First published in 1917, the online version is slightly later, I think is an 1918 edition.
https://archive.org/stream/museinarmscollec00osbo/museinarmscollec00osbo_djvu.txt


According to page xxx1  of the anthology the poet was 

Littlejohn, Company-Ser- 
geant-Major W. H., Mid- 
dlesex Regiment (killed in 
action, April 10, 1917) 

Would welcome any further information has about this chap. 

Suvla Bay 



OLD rose and black and, indigo, 
Saffron streaks in a spume-tipped grey, 
Purple, laved in the dawn's wan glow — 
God, how fair you are, Suvla Bay! 



Spitting shrapnel and shrieking steel, 

Brave men dead in their youth's noonday, 

All the anguish their loved ones feel 
Is your ambrose, fair Suvla Bay! 



Stabbing sun from a brazen sky, 

Choking dust from the corpse-strewn way, 
Each one treads as he marches by, — 

God, how I loathe you, Suvla Bay! 



Tanned men delving with laboured breath, 
Stinking lighters discharging hay, 

Grey-hulled battleships belching death, 
God, there's work on at Suvla Bay! 


Pale, pale moon and the cold north star, 
You who watch while I kneel and pray, 

Take to her in the northland far 
One sobbing prayer from Suvla Bay! 



One sobbing prayer that the dull heart-pain 
God in heav'n Thou alone canst stay, 

For her be stilled till I come again 
Back to her side from Suvla Bay! 

W. H. LlTTLEJOHN. 

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Hi Michael,

Apologies for the delay in response to your query re CSM Littlejohn.

He was a member of the Territorial Force prior to the war.

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Really appreciate your help. 
Many thanks indeed Mal. 
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Littlejohn, C.S.M William H 1917 - The Muse in Arms ed. E B Osborn. John Murray. (1/7th. Middlesex Regt. kia 10.4.17. Buried Wancourt British Cemetery, France, P5 RE.)
- Holy Communion Service, Suvla Bay (page 171)
- Suvla Bay (page 251)
- The Hospital Ship (page 289)
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