29 June 1917

Italian medical staff dealing with the effects of shell fire on Italian soldiers on Monte di Val Bella, Asiago. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 65197).

We well know that our young friend will say of his missing arm, “Gladly and freely given in honor of my native land’s great need. I shall never miss it.

There’s many a house in Australia
Where women watch and pray;
There’s many a home where women weep
In Australia to-day

Sad eyes your watch is keeping,
Yet brave, as well, we know,
When for the fame of Australia
You bid your loved one go.

Proudly you sent your dearest;
Gladly your best you gave;
The bugle call from England
Rose high above the wave.

It echoed o’er your homesteads.
And wak’d the great north-west;
It rang through farms and homestead,
And in your heart found rest.

Fearless and strong your soldiers
Set out for lands unknown,
Where flames of war are leaping.
And death comes to his own.

Oh! there, with dauntless valour,
They sprang to peaks of fame,
Nor time nor death shall tarnish
The lustre of their name.

We thrill with pride of kinship.
Telling those deeds of might;
We mourn with you heroes
Who fell in gallant fight.

We, In the old land, greet you
Sisters, though seas divide,
Our hearts are linked together,
Our men fight side by side.

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This entry was posted on June 29th, 2017.