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23 February 1915

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  • British marines occupy the Greek island of Lemnos in preparation for an attack on the Dardanelles, 50 kilometres away
  • The Leader publishes “a letter” called Blame the Censor:

Dear Susie: — We arrived today,
And anchored off (deleted) bay.
Oh, how I long to see your face,
And dear old (mustn’t name the place).

Yes, darling girl, I’d love to kiss
Your luscious (cannot mention this).
Or wander on the silver strand
Holding your tiny (subject banned).

Last night I lay and dreamt of you,
And how (this topic is taboo).
I seemed to see that happy day
When (this is what I mustn’t say).

That day within my heart I vowed,
That once you’d (cannot be allowed),
For I couldn’t live without,
My ownest precious (word crossed out).

So we can only pray for Peace—
This correspondence now must cease
The censor won’t permit of more—
He is an (expurgated) bore.