A copy of Sgt. McKnights original hand written manuscript can be viewed or downloded by clicking this linkThe copy of the document I saw containing this poem was in several places illegible so I placed ? at those parts I am not certain about.
Colour Sergeant William Thomas McKnight of Newry Street Kilkeel Co Down whose items were the source for this poem was killed a year after the Battle of the Somme at Passchendaele on 16 August 1917, aged 36 and has no known grave. He was a member of Aughnahoory Heroes LOL no 343B & also Royal Black Preceptory Elijahs Chosen Few 208 both still active in his home town of Kilkeel Co Down in Ulster.