The Mice of Moresby

55|53 Battalion Association

The Ode

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, 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
we will remember them

Lest we forget
Lest we forget

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John Mccrae

Today We Remember

Soldiers
1959 Smith Herbert Leslie Private NX154926 [N262795] Died 11 August 1959 55/53 Battalion
1979 Vincent Percy Robert John Private NX79721 Died 11 August 1979 55/53 Battation
1995 Rooke Thomas James Private NX113285 (N180438) Died 11 August 1995 53 Battalion & 7 Machine Gun Battalion
1999 Buckle Reginald Private N17843 [N282914] Died 11 August 1999 55/53 Battalion
Timeline Events
1942 11th August 1942: 7th Division prepared to move from Queensland to Port Moresby

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