This is humor in the form of a poem.
My son Tom responded with information on the original poem which was inspired by an actual event in history. The original “boy” of the poem, the 12 year old son of a naval officer, stood at his post, awaiting instructions … with tragic results. However, the poem sparked many parodies of which this was one. See Casablanca.
It occurs to me that the reason that the poem, as tragic as it is, gave birth to many humorous parodies is the fact that, as my mother used to tell me, “Discretion is the better part of valor”. There comes a time when you must realize that the only orders you are going too get are those generated by your own common sense and you need to know when it is time to abandon ship without being told to do so.
Besides, it strikes my funny bone to visualize this boy running about in his sister’s panties. Well, I suppose, its better than none at all. In my humble opinion, the boy was more stupid than heroic. I hope that belief doesn’t brand me as being heartless and cruel.
Maybe this should be classified as Humor with a Lesson.