Aye, it's worth a read, even if it is a bit mawkish. I wonder if your man wrote this as an answer to being slagged off by Mr Yon. A sort of a "I'm-not-really-like-that" response, since I can't remember any other "tributes" by him to the British squadddie before.
pretty brave exercise in plagiarism from a media ops guy - aren't they supposed to be able to write? I suppose it may have some resonance for some in a naive and overly romantic way but I mostly don't recognise who he's talking about - perhaps soldiers have changed but I doubt it. It also doesn't have any echo at all from Army traditions that I can identify. The output of his forbears in previous conflicts have been humourous and light hearted; from the Wipers Times
Realizing Men must laugh,
Some Wise Man devised the Staff :
Dressed them up in little dabs
Of rich variegated tabs :
Taught them how to win the War
On A.F.Z. 354 :
Let them lead the Simple Life
Far from all our vulgar strife :
Nightly gave them downy beds
For their weary, aching heads :
Lest their relatives might grieve
Often, often gave them leave,
Decorations too, galore :
What on earth could man wish more?
Yet, alas, or so says Rumour,
He forgot a sense of Humour!