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Selected Poetry of Tom Skeyhill (fl. 1915)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. The Backsheesh Sergeant
  2. Me Brother Wot Stayed at ’Ome
  3. My Little Wet Home In the Trench
  4. Shrapnel
  5. The Sniper


Notes on Life and Works

After training in Egypt, Tom Skeyhill fought as a regimental signaller of the second (Victorian) Infantry Brigade of the Australian armed forces at Gallipoli from April 25, 1915, to May 8, when a shell explosion blinded him during an advance at Cape Helles. He was hospitalized at Al-Hayat, Helouin, Egypt, and then at the Base Hospital in Melbourne.

Biographical information

Given name: Tom
Family name: Skeyhill
Floruit: 1915
Nationality: Australian
Occupation: Soldier
Illness: Blindness: 8 May 1915
First RPO edition: 2004