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Thread #125084   Message #2767034
Posted By: GeoffLawes
16-Nov-09 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mass for a Fallen International Brigader
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: OZ poet Jack Lindsay: Mass4 Int Brigade
Thank you Sandra. The Wikipedia entry to which you gave us the link was interesting because it gives a geographical link, though not a chronlogical link between Jack Lindsay, the writer of the poem and Jack Atkinson the man referred to in the poem. Lindsay was born and raised in Brisbane, leaving in 1926 while Jack Atkinson went there from Hull, UK, as a 14 year old in about 1929. I guess that it was this connection which, for Lindsay, picked Jack Atkinson out from the 130 or so other British Battalion men killed at Jarama. If anyone knows more about this it would be great to find out. If anyone has The Cambridge Companion to War Writing, edited by Kate McLoughlin, I would be very pleased if you could post the poem up here.

Regards, Geoff