“The Gentleman Soldier”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1907
Keywords: adultery seduction sex abandonment pregnancy bawdy humorous soldier
Found in: Britain(England(South))


Soldier brings woman into his sentry-box. They have sex; he prepares to leave. She asks him to marry her; he says he can't, as he's already married -- and "two wives are allowed in the army, but one's too many for me!" Nine months later she has a child.

Cross references


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, pp. 40-41, "The Gentleman Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #178
  3. BI, VWL040