The last poem of Walter Wingate.

Following on from our earlier post on Walter Wingate, Iain English sent us a poem that was written by the Hamilton Poet in 1917.
This poem until today has never been published and is the first time that it has been read by the public as it has been in the families possession since 1917.
Iain told Historic Hamilton:
“Walter Wingate (famous Scots poet) knew the Dawson family (and my Grandmother) and wrote this poem dedicated to Robert Dawson who was tragically killed in Passchendaele”
Here is Walter Wingate’s poem which was dedicated to Hamilton soldier Robert Dawson, which was to be one of his last poems written as he died the following year (1918)
“Corporal Dawson died of wounds”
That is all the story.
Brief and poor the notice sounds
Not a word of glory.
Sits Etaples by the sea:
There when war is over,
We may find where such as he,
Last have taken cover.
Two, whom none are left to call,
Father now or Mother,
Into lonelier years must fall,
Comforting each other.
And a symbol, meant to show,
Lovers newly plighted,
Rings a finger with the woe,
Of sweet promise blighted.
Shrapnel tore the soldier’s limb,
Here at longer ranges,
Spreads its havoc: reft of him,
Life’s perspective changes.
Let consoling Duty say:
“Would you have desired him,
Though you loved him, to say nay,
When my call required him?
God accepts your sacrifice,
Pleased with gift and giver,
And in him your comfort lies:
Death is not forever.
Walter Wingate 1865 – 1918.

3 thoughts on “The last poem of Walter Wingate.”

  1. Thank you for sharing. I am related to Walter Wingate and have been compiling a list of all his works. I will add this to my list. Does the poem have a title? Would it be possible to get a photocopy or pdf scan of your original? Kind regards, Guy Wingate


    1. Hi Guy,

      This poem was in private ownership as it was written for a friend of Walter and has previously never been in the public domain.

      I was granted permission to use on Historic Hamilton but I will have to ask the owner if it can be reproduced.

      I will get back to you on this.



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