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16 March 1917

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  • The Leader reports the death of Orange grazier Lisle Mervyn Lane, killed in action in France on 2 March. Killed in Action – Lieut Lisle M Lane
  • The Leader urges readers to forward their newspaper to wounded soldiers overseas. Do It Now
  • Aristide Briand resigns as Prime Minister of France
  • A single German aeroplane raids Kent and Sussex, inflicting only minor damage and no casualties
  • Austrian soldiers destroy Italian defences in San Pellegrino valley on the Southern Front and assume positions there
  • Russian troops dislodge Turkish soldiers from summit of Naleshkian in Persia and occupy Alliabad
  • The Leader publishes the poem Vincet Amor Patriae (Love of Country Shall Prevail)

It isn’t the moment for quarrels,
The war’s not by any means won;
It isn’t the moment to rest on your laurels
And point to the things you have done.

It isn’t the time to go in for backbiting
And jealousy as to who leads.
There’s but one thing to do If we’d see this thing through:
It’s the time not for words, but for deeds!

Let the past be all dead and forgotten;
It’s the future we’ve got to begin.
Let us show that the effort we make is forgotten
Of our grim resolution to win.

Do not mourn for the past and its failures;
There is work, bitter work, to be done.
Let it ring through the land That united we stand;
Let us show how a war can be won!

Men of Britain, the hour is before you,
Put your selfish desires on the shelf;
Let your aims be alone for the country that bore you,
Each man for the State-not himself.

Just together stand shoulder to shoulder;
To your glorious traditions cling fast.
Undismayed by the foe, let the whole world just know
That the Right shall prevail at the last!