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Issue Details: First known date: 1918... 1918 Marching Song
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  • Appeared in Aussie in March 1918 titled 'Marching Song', with the accompanying note: 'Sung to the tune of "The Church is One Foundation" '.
  • A humorous satire on the supposed indiscipline and lack of respect shown to higher ranks by Anzacs during World War I. The version which appeared in Aussie in March 1918 begins: 'We are the Ragtime Army/The Aussie Infantry/We cannot shoot/We don't salute/What b....y good are we?'

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First line of verse: "We are the Ragtime Army,"
Alternative title: Six-Bob-A-Day
First line of verse: "We are a ragtime Army;"
This version has the second line: 'The Fifteenth Batt. are we,' and has the final line: 'To get six-bob-a-day!'

Last amended 17 Jun 2014 17:20:47