The Ten Little Soldier Boy poem was created by Frank J. Greene in 1869 and it was name of the poem that used by Judge Wargrave in “And Then There Were None” as a warning of the ways the other guests were going to get killed. The lyrics of the poem are:
”Ten Little dicks went out to dine, one choked himself and then there were nine.
Nine Little dicks sat up very late, one overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight Little dicks traveled to Devon, one said he’ll stay there and then there were seven.
Seven Little dicks chopping up sticks, one chopped himself in half and then there were six.
Six Little dicks playing with a hive, a bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five Little dicks going in fo the law, one got into chancery and then there were four.
Four Little dicks going out to sea, a red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little dicks went to a zoo, a big bear hugged one and then there two.
Two Little dicks playing out in the sun, one got all frizzed up and then there one.
One Little dick left all alone, he went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”
The lyrics of the poem describe the deaths of the following (in chronological order):
- Anthony Mardsen‘s death by cyancide poisoning refect the first line of the poem
- Mrs. Ethel Roger’s death by chloral hydrate overdose relect the manner of the second line of the poem
- General Macarthur‘s death by being bludgeoned to death and his acceptance of his and the other fates reflect the third line of the poem
- Thomas Rogers death killed by being bludgeoned and cut to death by an axe reflect the fourth line of the poem
- Emily Brent‘s death by being being injected with cyancide into the her neck reflects the fifth line of the poem
- Dr. Edward Armstrong‘s death by being pushed off a cliff relects the seventh line of the poem
- William Blore’s death by being crushed by a bear-shaped clock reflects the eighth line of the poem
- Phillip Lombard’s death by being shot to death with his own revolver reflects the ninth line of the poem
- Vera Claythorne’s suicide by hanging herself reflects the tenth and final line of the poem
- Judge Wargrave’s suicide by shooting himself with Lombard’s revolver reflects sixth line of the poem