The Great War, I was there - Part 51

PO'P 'PAST AND PRESENT Above, French and British soldiers are assembled round the door of the Church Armv hut at Poperinghe. Outside it is a novel sign in the form of a dummy figure of a soldier. Left, is La Poupee, which in the war years was a favourite officers’ estaminet. It is now a draper’s shop. Imperial TPar Museum, and TP. .4. Davis, copyright A .P .Ltd. One day in Hackney he took a stranger home to share—or, rather, not to share —his dinner. After which, the problem arose as to the means whereby their guest might best return to South Australia, whence he had mysteriously been spirited to South Hackney. Seeing perhaps incredulity in the face of Mrs. P., the “General ”proceeded to lend his guest five shillings towards the in­estimable expenses of the voyage and further recommended, with much saga­city, a visit to the neighbouring Home and Colonial Stores, who were persons, from their very title, obviously capable of advising upon so Imperial a matter. “And d’you know, sir,” said Pettifer, when we had reached this point,“ I ’m sure that young fellow sailed 011 one of them ships that was never heard of again! I giv’ ’im my address, and everything, but I never once had aline from ’im from that today tins. An’ the missus didn’t ’arf strafe, neither!”
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