DESCRIPTION: Walter Mullin "changed his home in Whitneyville For a Canadian soldier's grave ... in the European War" The singer recalls the youth they shared. "Now you are wanted at the Front, But you will not take your stand. O why can't you be like my comrade"
AUTHOR: Wallace Travis (Manny/Wilson)
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (Manny/Wilson)
KEYWORDS: request army war death memorial patriotic
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Manny/Wilson 44, "Walter Mullin" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST MaWi044 (Partial)
NOTES [145 words]: Whitneyville, now Whitney, is near the junction of the Little Southwest and Northwest Miramichi Rivers, about 10 miles west of Newcastle, New Brunswick.
Manny/Wilson: "The song was made up by Wallace Travis of the Nor'West Miramichi, in memory of a friend killed in the First World War."
Since the song is a plea for others to enlist to fight in a war my guess is that this was written during the second World War. - BS
On the other hand, there is no hint of a second War -- or even of the end of the first. I incline to think it comes from the early part of the first War.
This is apparently based on "The Graves of a Household" by one Mrs. Henmans, found in the "Royal Readers" used in the nineteenth century in New Brunswick schools. More evidence for an early date, I'd say; I don't know about you, but I can't remember *anything* from my grade school readers.... - RBW
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