By David Collins
How we were before we joined
was no different from the rest.
for if a man needed a reason it was us;
poor work, bad pay, too old for home, no escape.
But then you should have seen us at the camp;
smart, strong, high on respect;
raring, primed for war;
and that is what we got.
What it was then to return alone,
the regiment following later;
for I was blue on blue, mad as march
“with respect, Sir, no hands no feet”
but as I always say – they’ll not be lining streets;
not for me, not at Wootton Bassett.
David Collins served with the Royal Marines and is a member of VFP UK.