2] blarsted: blasted.
10] bloomin': mild swear-word.
11] C.O.: Commanding Officer.
12] as: that.
14] straffin': dressing-down, criticism.
21] Quarters: quartermaster, "An officer, ranking as lieutenant, attached to each regiment, with the duties of providing quarters for the soldiers, laying out the camp, and looking after the rations, ammunition and other supplies of the regiment" (OED 2).
24] Woodbine Cigarettes: cheap brand of English cigarettes.
28] fag: cigarette.
31] Boches: Germans.
33] Fritz: nickname for a German soldier, Friedrich.
40] Tanks: thanks.
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Original text: "Woodbine Willy" [Rev. G. A. Studdert-Kennedy], Rough Rhymes of a Padre (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919): 36-37. 1919/5/85 Cambridge University Library
First publication date: 1918
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/11/17
Rhyme: abcbdefe ...
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