“The Hungry Army (I)”


Having fought with his sweetheart, the Irishman enlists in the army. He quarrels with his NCOs, then is sent off to (China?) in a boat too small and ill-equipped for the soldiers. Sent into battle, he is injured and discharged


The notes to broadside Bodleian 2806 b.11(27) make the subject "War, Opium War, 1840-1842, Ireland"

Broadside Murray Mu23-y1:097 has the site of the war in China and the battle simply "on the field of battle."

Broadside NLScotland L.C.Fol.178.A.2(054) has the site of the war in Russia, rather than China; the singer is wounded November 5 at Inkerman. - BS


  • Bodleian, 2806 b.11(27), "The Hungry Army" ("The wind in thundering gales did roar"), unknown, n.d.
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:097, "The Hungry Army," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(054), "The Hungry Army," James Lindsay (Glasgow), c.1856


  1. SHenry H92, p. 86, "The Hungry Army" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1746
  3. BI, HHH092


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection); c. 1856 (broadside NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(054))
Found in: Ireland