Sketch by Jack Chalker

Those War Years

Entwined in Years by War

by

Reg Rainer

Poems by Win Rainer

Compiled by Ron Taylor

 

Our years entwined in years of war

Never to realise, what was in store

Years of torment, not knowing, cast

A shadow of dreadful times past,

To be able to understand was our aim

To protect and support their pain,

Memories of those years will never fade

But our determination with love we made

With gentle thought, of those who returned

Each day, something new to be learned,

Of all our years, undaunted, we were there

We survived with them through love and care.

 

 

      Leaving Home Leaving Home

      A Soldier Battles On A Soldier Battles On - Singapore

      When Hope is Gone When Hope is Gone - Changi

            History of Changi History of Changi

      Act of Courage Act of Courage - Death Railway

            Bridge Over the River Kwae Bridge Over the River Kwae

            History of Death Railway History of Death Railway

            Map of Camps Map of Camps on Death Railway

            Cemeteries Cemeteries

      Deep Despair Deep Despair - Kanasai Camp - Japan

      Free at Last Free at Last - Journey Home

      Courage to Endure Courage to Endure - Post War

 

 

Gone are the days of battle and guns now silently lay

Your thoughts go back to yesterday

So hold your heads up high my lads

For everyone to see

How you sacrificed your young years

To keep this country free.

 

Thro’ misty eyes you see those years

And no one will ever understand

Your mates who didn’t return with you

Lay in a distant, far away land

They live forever in your hearts

Not just, for a single day.

 

Britain ‘O’ Britain

What more can I say ?

 

 

[Those War Years] [Leaving Home] [A Soldier Battles On] [When Hope is Gone] [Act of Courage] [Deep Despair] [Free at Last] [Courage to Endure]

 

 

Story compiled from Reg Rainer’s emails to Ron Taylor

©  Reg Rainer - Win Rainer - Ron Taylor 2003

 

 

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