Poem by Unemployed Ex-Serviceman

Rare broadside "Some thousands in England are starving"


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Victor Printing Co, London, 1929
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Printing Details

Single sheet, printed on both sides, folded once and opens to reveal a double spread poem. 4pp. 18.5 × 12.5cm (when folded).

This is scarce copy of a poem by a soldier returned from the Great War and is despairing in the of state of Britain. The poem had been written in the immediate aftermath of World War One and had previously been set to music. Probably printed for veteran soldiers to sell on the street.

This issue has a fine woodcut to the front cover depicting a wounded soldier tended by a medic, a nurse and a fighting comrade. The front also bears the message "Please Buy a Copy". The poem is printed on the middle two pages, and the reverse carries a calendar for 1929 and information on postage rates.

A very interesting piece of interwar ephemera.


The paper is slightly faded and tanned to the edges and is creased but it is intact and is increasingly hard to find.


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