Peatie and Toothy
The following Poem is from HMS Medway's Line Book whilst she was stationed in Alexandria towards the end of the Second World War
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander
Is a rank which few can attain.
You should know just a bit about medicine
it's not a bad thing to have brain.
But if in addition your 'Dental'
A knowledge of how to cause pain.
Is generally thought to be useful
too, I'd recommend brain.
But professional duties in Medway
Are quite unimportant, I think,
Your chief jobs are censoring letters,
Amenities, eating and drink.
So here's to you 'peatie' and 'toothie'
And pray don't take action for slander.
For I hope I'll still be here
to toast you
When you each become Surgeon Commander
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