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Tale of Jim Martin

Storyboard by Gemma from Melton South Primary School, a project she did in her own time inspired by the live show. Thank you Gemma!

 

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Here’s a tale to tell about 1915,
When a boy named Jim Martin who was only 14
Enlisted to fight in the war over there,
So he lied of his age for his duty to share
His Dad tried to join but rejected they said,
“Don’t worry Dad, I’ll go for you instead!”
So on the ‘Berrima’ he left for Gallipoli,
Waving red and white streamers from his mum tearfully.
 
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Jim had barely arrived when his ship was sunk,
Spent four hours in the drink with the oil and junk
When they pulled him out, Jim said “I’m alright!”,
And he rejoined his mates to prepare for the fight
On September 8th they hit Anzac beach,
Brave, proud and true all soldiers each
And they settled in the Gallipoli trench,
And life began in the mud, filth and stench.
 
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Chorus:
“Don’t worry about me, I’m fine over here
Just send me a letter, To make you feel near
We’re not badly off, The Turks got it worse
Just waiting for rain Just waiting for rain
This place is a curse”.
 
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Well, times were tough and young Jim became ill,
Not long into battle the soldier boy fell
He succumbed to the sickness, soon he died,
And they spoke of his duty, his courage, his pride
He was buried at sea this boy of 14,
Youngest brave soldier we’ve ever seen
And they sent his mum the ribbons with a note,
And she cried as she read the last letter he wrote.
 
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Chorus:
“Don’t worry about me, I’m fine over here
Just send me a letter, To make you feel near
We’re not badly off, The Turks got it worse
Just waiting for rain, Just waiting for rain
This place is a curse”.
 

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