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Pity Poor Fighting Men


sheet music of PIty the Poor Fighting Men. Instructions for playing, 'with slow tread'.

6: Pity Poor Fighting Men

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Andrew Kennedy

Rudyard Kipling wrote Pity Poor Fighting Men after a journey with injured soldiers on a hospital-train during the Boer War, where he witnessed their appalling suffering.

Shaw’s dedication To my wife may refer to the fact that both of them had lost a brother in WW1.



Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) Curwen 1919 currently out of print