Devotion to Duty by Siegfried Sassoon
I was near the King that day. I saw him snatch
And briskly scan the G.H.Q. dispatch.
Thick-voiced, he read it out. (His face was grave.)
â€˜This officer advanced with the first wave,
â€˜And when our first objective had been gained,
â€˜(Though wounded twice), reorganized the line:
â€˜The spirit of the troops was by his fine
â€˜Example most effectively sustained.â€™
He gripped his beard; then closed his eyes and said,
â€˜Bathsheba must be warned that he is dead.
â€˜Send for her. I will be the first to tell
â€˜This wife how her heroic husband fell.â€™