Pioneering Families of Australia

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They Served

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

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William Molloy 1944

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New Guinea - moving the wounded following an attack.

 Uncle Bill, bringing up the rear.

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2nd SAS Squadron on exercise in PNG - Abt 1967

Bernie front row 2nd from left

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Another item found in Cornelius' trunk was a letter to him from his nephew John Charles Burns.  John Charles enlisted  on 20/8/1914 when he was 19 and was shipped to Gallipoli on the Hororata on 21/10/1914.  His records shows he was woulded at Gallipoli on 17/7/1915, but was discharged back to his unit on 2/8/1915.  He was further hospilised later that month and sent to Heliopolis to recuprerate and it is from here that he sent a letter to his uncle Cornelius Kersley - my great grandfather.  Apart from his details about his sickness etc, the paper on which his letter is written contains a full copy of the poem ' me bother wot stayed at 'ome".  Written is a different hand, this letter is proving to be a bit of a mystery.  This poem, was written by Tom Skeyhill in 1915 whilst he was in hospital.  How did my great uncle obtain a handwritten copy?