[ Low Moor Explosion, Bradford, 1916. ] Printed handbill poem: 'The Yorkshire Munitions Disaster. A descriptive Poem on the Munitions Disaster, which occurred on August 21st, 1916, resulting in loss of life and destruction of property.'

Ben Norton, The Yorkshire Poet [ Low Moor Explosion, Bradford, 1916; Blackburn & Co., Printers, Leeds ]
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Copyright. Price one penny. Wholesale, or Retail from the Author: Ben Norton, Newsagent, 17, Alexandra Road, Leeds. Blackburn & Co., Printers, 188, Cardigan Road, Leeds. [ 1916. ]
SKU: 19383

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Heavily creased and worn. A large number of Norton's productions are listed on the front and back pages. Eleven eight-line stanzas. The poem, which does not mention Bradford once, begins: 'On the 21st of August, | In the year nineteen-sixteen, | A great munition works in Yorkshire | Was a busy, lively scene. | Men, women and girls were toiling | On the work which must be done | To protect the dear old country | From the savage murdering Hun.' The most striking stanza reads: 'Wrecked shops, andn roofless houses, | Broken doors and window panes, | Everywhere the eye beheld them | In the stricken streets and lanes. | Happy homes were devastated, | Happy hearts were filled with woe | As people rushed from shatter'd homesteads | Crying whither shall we go.' No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat, on COPAC, or in the Imperial War Museum collection.