The Allies were waiting to go over the top
to attack a weak enemy position.
The British used gas for the first time.
Unfortunately, after a half an hour,
the wind changed and it all blew back
over the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
Unsurprisingly, the men were distressed.
Lieutenant Young called out, “Pipe them together,
Laidlaw, for God’s sake, pipe them together.”
And the forty year old veteran climbed
the ladder, tuned his pipes and marched back and fore
along the parapet,