First published in The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania).
RAY. —In Memoriam of K. G. Ray, killed in action, August 4, at Pozieres. [...] Inserted by his comrades of the 13th Engineers.
This version based on copy of in The Westralian Worker
WHERE the trees are torn and dying
And the battle-planes are flying,
Where the star shells split the darkness;
He is sleeping peacefully;
And the howitzers’ loud screaming
Shall not wake him from his dreaming,
Where the hearts of men are tested
In the hell of Picardy.
Grandly did he stand the testing,
But for ever he is resting,
Where the shrapnel shall not find him
And he cannot see the flares;
Deep his sleep but great his glory,
Brief is his immortal story:
“Only say I fought for freedom
In the trenches at Pozieres.”
(By Oscar Walters, now in France, and onetime secretary of the Miners’ Union at Sandstone.)
#4932 Spr Kenneth Gavan Ray
Kenneth Gavan Ray was a sapper from Hobart who served in the 13th Field Company Engineers alongside Oscar Walters. He was killed in action on the night of , at the age of 21. He served with his three brothers also in the same company, and though they buried him on the night of his death, in the confusion he was officially declared missing and it was not until mid-1917 that he was confirmed killed in action. His gravesite was lost and has not been identified.