Just a Common Soldier

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Just a Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet[1][citation needed] . Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt,[2] it now appears in numerous anthologies and on thousands of websites. The Australian Legion included it in their video tribute, Victory in the Pacific, and it was a central part of the 2009 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. In 2008 it was carved into marble for an American Veteran's Memorial.

Set to music by the author's son, composer Randy Vancourt, it has been released several times as a recording, most recently on November 1, 2013 by American singer Connie Francis.[3]


  1. ^ "A. Lawrence Vaincourt: Just A Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)". iwvpa.net. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Larry Vaincourt's Rhymes & Reflections". homestead.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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