Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Saga continues... (who wrote the poem 'Red, Red Road to Hogue'?)

There's more!  

Geoff Harrison has just sent me this:  

"It gets more and more interesting. Simon Featherstone in his anthology ' War poetry - an introductory reader' attributes it to Pte. W. Lloyd of the 12th Sherwood's. Corporal G. E Attwood of the 2nd London Regiment had it published. ( not sure of date) 

Pte John Hughes, of the Leinster regiment had 'his' poem published in the Longford Leader on 15th Jan 1916. 

Pte W.J Walton also wrote it. His nephew John Walton published the ' manuscript' in a Buckingham and District newsletter. And then, finally ( for now), the National Archives have the private papers of one Thomas Moore Emmanual Ward (Ted) of the Sherwoods'. Ward was part of the group responsible for the wiper's times. The copy is a handwritten manuscript. So Lucy, the plot thickens. That's at least 8 possible sources. Geoff Harrison, 19th August 2015.

Many thanks indeed Geoff.


  1. A scanned image of the printed poem attributed to Corp. G. E. Attwood, has been uploaded to Lives of the First World War:

  2. The National Army Museum (Accession 1989-09-24) has an press cutting of 'The Red, Red Road to Hooge', "said to have been written by Pte Stephen Hayes, 5th Bn Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment), killed in action 5 Apr 1916." The 5th were at Gallipoli and Egypt in 1915, then moved to Mesopotamia, where Pte Hayes died ... but I guess that he could previously have been in a different unit.

  3. Thank you Michael - that is all very interesting.

  4. Stephen Hayes from the Wiltshire Regiment is my great great grandfather, does anyone have a copy of the poem? Thanks, Victoria Hayes