Posted by James Briggs on October 20, 2006
In Reply to: "lord love a duck" posted by Gary Martin on October 19, 2006
: : "lord love a duck"....was this used during world war two as a term for boats come to get the boys off the beaches ?
: It may have been used then as a joke. It's much older than that though. James Joyce used it in Ulysses .
It was/is a well known Cockney phrase. My grandmother often used it when I was a boy in the 1930s. I guess it's a fair bit older than that.