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Eternal Light – Ulster Heroes on the Somme [video]

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Eternal light is a ballad in memory of the boys and men from the Shankill Road Belfast who joined the 36th Ulster Division , who lost so many volunteers at the Battle Of The Somme. Not a street was spared of the dreaded War Office Telegram which told of a loved one’s death. Heroes one and all.

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From the Shankill’s narrow streets
To the famed green fields of France
Where a multitude of sacrifice
Would arise and then advance
They charged the men of Ulster
When the battle did commence
And passed into the memory of the Somme

Who dares speak heroic bravery
Of men once proud and strong
For them no more reveille
Shall sound the break of dawn
The bugle call to rouse them
From their beds forever gone
To battle they will never march again

Then goodbye,oh goodbye
Tis the bugles last refrain
Blowing notes of anguish
Far across the lonesome plain
If it should be so decreed
We will never meet again
Oh remember our young fallen Volunteers

The streets they are now silent
Round the Shankill’s mourning place
No sound of youthful banter
Of laughter and of the chase
This generation lost to all
We never shall never replace
They now echo round
The graveyards of the Somme

For a husband and for three lost sons
That lamp will still remain
Burning brightly through the night
Till they come home again
They sailed away from us as boys
But died that day as men
Their Eternal Light will shine forever more

goodbye, goodbye
Tis the bugles last refrain
Blowing notes of anguish
Far across the lonesome plain
Should it be so decreed
That we will never meet again
Oh remember our young fallen Volunteers

In the parish of St, Michael
On Belfast’s Shankill Road
Upon the roll of honour
Stands the family of McDowell
Who along with countless thousands
Gave their body and their soul
Their equal we shall never meet again

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