Captain Reg Saunders

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A Poem by David Delaney

 

The nineteen twenties saw his birth

Out in Victoria’s wild west

Raised by his loving grandmother

He passed with ease his manhood test

 

From the Gunditjmara tribe

Upon the Framlingham reserve

I’ll try and honour this great man

And in a way he so deserves

 

While at the sawmill working hard

Continued yearnings grew within

To fight for South Americans

For him they always felt like kin

 

Instead this proud Australian lad

Who’s now nineteen years old at least

Signs up for the world’s second war

Then shipped out to the middle east

 

Surviving German aircraft strikes

He thinks he’s granted a release

Sent to the European fight

The conflict being fought in Greece

 

Now this disastrous doomed campaign

For many allies now on Crete

Orders were given to retreat

While facing imminent defeat

 

This hero Aboriginal

Whose strength with family regains

Again he joins battalion mates

Now fighting in New Guinea’s rains

 

Received promotions from the ranks

Then leads his men as Sergeants do

Respected by them all because

He was not false, but just true blue

 

Within the final months of war

Now the leader of his own platoon

He misses family and home

And peaceful nights beneath the moon

 

Heard how his brother won’t return

They’ll never share a fire at night

He lies now in a jungle grave

Killed in Kokoda’s deadly fight

Home working as a shipping clerk

Now finds it hard to settle down

He then works as a labourer

At building sites around the town

 

When the Korean war began

He quickly signed up once again

Farewelled his children and his wife

Hopes one day soon to be with them

 

Returns a Captain of his men

The 3rd battalion R.A.R.

And won the hearts of those with him

Best leader they all had by far

 

He fought the battle of Kapyong

Recorded by historians

Outnumbered drove the Chinese back

Those Aussies and Canadians

 

Resigned in nineteen fifty four

Worked in the logging industry

He then moved onto Sydney’s shore

This famous Aborigine

 

When honouring our Aussie greats

Include within their company

These men who walked their same footsteps

Our true blue Aborigine.

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. TobiasJMcclerkin

    22/06/2015 at 10:23 AM

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