1] Gezira: Gezira is in Sudan, but the Gezira Golf Club in Cairo (a favoured stop for British soldiers in World War II) may be intended.
5] gharry: box-like horse-drawn vehicle typical of the Near East.
8] GSO: General Staff Officer. GSI: General Staff Intelligence.
9] DDWS: Perhaps "Department of Drinking Water Supply" staff.
16] SO: Senior Officer. OS3: perhaps "Operations Specialist 3".
18] stagers: veterans.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major: The Songs and Ballads of World War II, ed. Martin Page (St. Alban's,
Frogmore, Herts: Panther, 1975): 134-35. PR 1175 V4P3 1975 University of Victoria
Publication date note: Published anonymously, but attributed to Reynolds.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/22
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