This place did catch a vast pox from off the Moon; Crater and wrinkle all are here, And we are travellers from another Time; This place keeps its own infected counsel; The most thin atmospheres of loneliness and fear Still make a heavy labour for the heart; Yet tribes, I know, lived here, those loved and clumsy tribes That men call regiments; one tribe would start The day with telling of its beads; the men of one Would talk of killings with the knives, and rum; Yet others talked of the clean unchronicled Antipodes, Of pasture and a blue haze of trees; Some had left their private silken skies behind, Folded neatly with the storemen, out of mind; And all read letters smelling of the mules, And talked of two myth-planets, Rome and Home; For battle cries they used shy word - 'Perhaps' or 'Fairly soon'.
- From Oasis into Italy -- Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd (1983)
Douglas Street was commissioned in 1/7 Middlesex (Medium Machine Gun) TA, British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 3rd Division, at Dunkirk. Chief Instructor, Intelligence Staff Course. Liaison officer with General Leclerc of the Free French forces. GSO I (Intelligence) with 8th Army. SOE in Yugoslavia and Greece. Commanded Allied Information Services under General Sir John Harding.