"The Number One, he's in charge of the ruddy gun,
The Number Two, works the breech, and the muzzle cover too,
The Number Three, lays the gun but can't often see,
The Number Four, puts the shell right up the bore,
The Number Five, he's just glad to be alive,
The Number Six, he gets the fusebar in a ruddy mix."
Shortened and expurgated version of 'Merry Battery Boys Are We',
source: 'Ubique', AM Cheetham MC
The kneeling men also ruined the polish on their boots but, thanks to mechanization, a 'Horseholder' was no longer required.
Photo: Sydney Smart,