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WAR NOTES

[By Ex-Yeomax.] LONDON, October 9. —Singing Soldiers.— One of the tiling's which impresses strangers to London just now is the cheerful behaviour of the new army, now beins trained in the parks and open spaces. As they march to and from the training centres they invariably sing topical songs, and lr, is very interesting to stand at a point and listen to these. The writer took pains to note the 6ongs -which seem to enjoy most favor as the 2nd Battalion of the 15th County of London (Civil Service Rifles) passed him a few days ago. One of the favorites was quite familiar so far as the tune went, though the words were new. Most of my readers will be acquainted with the tune of the song 'John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in his grave, as we go marching along'—an Aemrican song. This is the tune under notice, but the words our " Terriers " sing arc : Oh, my aunt! won't that be glorious, A pint of beer among the four of us; Thank the Lord there -are no more of us To driuk that pint of beer! —Young Recruits. — Much nmusenient was created in Hyde Pa:k one afternoon by two little girls of about oisrht and nine years of age respectively. They were watching the young eoidiers being exercised and drilled, and on a squad being given Swedish exercises they took up an adjacent position and went through the movements at the word of command in capital style. They had evidently been well taught at their school, and thought it, a capital opportunity to display their knowledge. The onlookers, soldiers, and even the instructor seemed to enjoy it, whilst the nurse- in charge of the little girls appeared quite proud of them They also attempted to follow the drill, but tins proved a bit too much for the martial young ladies, though they managed the marching very well. —Daring Airmen.— One of the most sensational actions heard of during the war is that of tho two navai airmen who changed the propeller or an airship whilst in flight. We have just hearo that thev' climbed out to the propeller ami made the change when over the Channel. The airship was engaged iu watching lor the enemy's submarines during the conveyance of the Expeditionary Force to France, : and the splendid action of the two men en- I ablod the airship to keep on ns station, i It is a tribute and illustration ot the groat. secrecy prevailing throughout the Press and Service that particulars of tho incident, which took place in August, have only just: come out. -Used To It.— Rather a good story was told the winter i a few days" ago regarding two Canadians who have been taking lessons m cookery at a school for that purpose. they a-. units in a force of overseas soidierei (raised in London), and on being asked how they were faring one of them replied : • ftome ot our fellows don't get as much to cat as thev would like, and I am sorry for them. I should not mind myself, as I an) used to goint' without food for 48 hours but some of the boys are ' townics,' and will t eel it. He was quite serious, and tho remark makes otic realise what splendid stun many of the overseas men are made ot. —Telling the Talc— An amusing story comes from a Berkshire town, where the wife of a recruit ior Kitcheners army went to her husband s firm for his wages, the firm having agreed to pay them during his absence, the good woman was astonished to receive £2 instead. , of the 30s which she believed to be the amount due. She was assured it was cor- : reef, and to a friend she subsequently remarked • "The. old scoundrel! Wait till he comes back. He will havo to go through it for withholding' that 10s «vory week! | —Oreat Fighters.— ; Almost everyone has heard of the. Eng-! lish Trooper Shaw, who is credited with ; killin" IT of the enemy on the held of ; Waterloo before he was put. out of action. The late Colonel Fred Burnaby also left a , wall of dead about him when ho was .-.ued ; in the Sudan. We are now getting parti- | culars of somo great deeds by individuals j in the present war, the appended being an instance:— Sergeant H. Hudson, of the I Durham Light Infantry {now m hospital), with a few men of his regiment, rushed a trench, and camo into immediate contact • with nine Germans who were working three i maxims. Hudson and a. private were a ! ltitie ahead of the rest, and they oarue in ; for the glory. The private bayoneted or ; shot, four of the enemy, whilst Hudson nc-rmmt-ed for three. As he lunged his bayonet, ire!/) his third adversary the latter's rifle went, off, the bullet entering Hudson's arm. : —Tho Japs.— ! Lord Kitchener paid a visit to one of London's most famous Territorial regiments , at Hi. Albam a few days ago, where he ■, fnund the men for foreign service separated from the home service men. This did imt please him, and he requested that no distinction should bft made, adding: "The home servic? men are just a? precious." 'l'hvi boys of the lionit< service art: now known as the" Jap*," being » p»y «n the letters 3-A.P-—iurt ma jB-e»io»».

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WAR NOTES, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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WAR NOTES Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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