8 May 1915

Charge of the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Krithia, 8 May 1915, Charles Wheeler. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

Charge of the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Krithia, 8 May 1915, Charles Wheeler.
Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

The stone houses of Krithia were still 2000 yards away, but in advancing 1000 yards the brigade, already reduced at Anzac to 2900 men, lost in one short hour another 1000.

Killed at the front! Oh, noble end!
He died pale children to defend.
No woman called on him in vain,
No aged creature bowed in pain;
He never shunned his country’s call,
But gladly gave his life, his all;
And died, the helpless to defend,
Oh noble soldier! Noble end!

Killed at the front! Triumphant death!
No slow disease has stopped his breath.
No wasted chances mock our grief,
Only a courage past belief,
Only a manhood, brave and high,
That dared to suffer and to die.
Though sword and bullet stop his breath,
Yet he lives on! Triumphant death!

Killed at the front! Glad sacrifice!
Pride dries the tears in yearning eyes.
Had he stayed sheltered in your arms
And shut his ears to war’s alarms,
Then he had died to you indeed,
But by his death he lives to lead,
More men to greater victories.
Oh noble end! Glad sacrifice.

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This entry was posted on May 8th, 2015.