A Tribute To Our Gallant Dead

A Tribute to Our Gallant Dead
Written to F/Off Peter Potts and his crew by H.R. Bradley
Sourced from Trove newspaper articles 3rd June 1944
F/Off Alexander Peter Potts 402094 1 WAGS Course 2 Killed 5/3/44 RAAF

 I stood upon a hill top
The earth was spread below
I saw the row of crosses
Against the sunset’s glow
I saw the silent splendour
In each military row.

Tacked on the painted markers
Are the shiny metal squares
Bearing full the tribute
That every airmen wears
Life and death together
This comradeship he shares

  And in the midst of rank
Among the stripes and braids
Lay the lowly airmen
Beneath the kunai blades
Lay these noble men together
Regardless of their class

And so I saw today
A sight which gave me heart
I saw that God considers
Each man an equal part
And on the road to glory
Each man does equal start

Acknowledgements

UBC Web DesignAustralian War MemorialCity of BallaratNational Archives of AustraliaRSL Virtual War MemorialDepartment of Veterans+39 Affairs