Royal Engineers (Chatham) Lodge,
No. 4465 Province of East Kent
THE ROYAL ENGINEERS SONG
The original lyric was partly British and partly Kaffir. The tune and song originated in South Africa.
There are a number of indecent versions. The version acceptable during and after Lodge Festive Boards is given.
Good morning Mr Stevens and Windy Notchy Knight,
Hurrah for the C.R.E.
For we`re working very hard down On Upnor Hard Hurrah for the C.R.E.
You make fast, I make fast make fast the dinghy,
make fast (Repeated in some versions)
For we`re marching on to Laffan`s Plain To Laffans Plain – to Laffan`s Plain
Yes, we`re marching on to Laffan`s Plain
Where the old Dun Cow caught fire. (Where they don`t mud from clay
Ah! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
I saw a black man sitting on a raft (Ikona, malee, picanninny skoff)
I saw a Colonel looking quite daft (Ma-
He! hi! ho! the dinghy`s going (Oolum-
He! hi! ho! the dinghy`s gone (Oolum-
Ah! ah! ah! ah! ah! ah!……. Whoo……….sh! (Shuush – Whoow!)
Mr Stevens was Chief Clerk in the Chief Instructor of Field Works office.
Windy Notchy Knight was a Warrant Officer in the School of Military Engineering.
(A resolute man – far from “windy”). Upnor Hard is the hard on the River Medway
where wet bridging was carried out. Laffan`s Plain is at Aldershot and named after
Lt. Col. Laffan, who rose to the rank of Lt. General and died in 1882 whilst holding
the appointment of Governor and Commander-