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Thread #152012   Message #3554177
Posted By: George Papavgeris
29-Aug-13 - 02:37 PM
Thread Name: The Widow's Uniform (uploaded)
Subject: RE: The Widow's Uniform (uploaded)
The Widow's Uniform - Part 7/15:

Troopin'

"the six year men are free...", this being the minimum period of service with the Colours. The song is full of the joy and optimism of the soldiers returning home from long service overseas, without regard to the precarious future that awaits them (though the poet is well aware of it). MALABAR and JUMNA were two of the battalion-size troopships doing duty to and from India.