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    Posted: 25 Sep 2013 at 16:01
THE FACE OF DEATH.
(Dedicated to Lieutenant G Davidson.)
 
We shall not be the men we were before,
No, never while we draw this mortal breath:
For we have probed existence to the core,
And looked upon the very Face of Death.
Upon our famous collier, "River Clyde,"
 
We sat as men who wait the summons dread.
Brave soldiers fell, defenceless, at our side,
We, too, might soon be numbered with the dead.
With fateful frequency the shells did burst
Around and near the members of our Corps:
Within our hearts we asked, "Who'll be the first
To converse with his comrades never more?"
 
O never, never from our memory's page
Shall be erased these moments of despair:
An hour seemed an interminable age,
But, in His mercy, God our lives did spare.
 
We care not what the worldly wise may say,
We owe deliverance to the God of Heaven,
Whose Power Omnipotent the worlds obey,
'Gainst whose decrees mankind in vain hath striven.
 
Had He but chosen that our hour had come,
No scheming had availed our lives to save:
'Twas not the hour to call our spirits home,
The Lord must take, as 'twas the Lord that gave.
 
And not in vain were we to death brought nigh,
For He whose presence came our hearts so near
Hath taught us we can ne'er His Will defy,
But evermore should live in reverent Fear.
 
And men have scaled the sacred slopes of Prayer
Who ne'er before aspired to heights above:
And find the Universe divinely fair
Because 'tis governed by a Heart of Love.
 
                                         GEORGE STEPHEN.
89TH FIELD AMBULANCE, R.A.M.C.,
GALLIPOLI, 24th May, 1915.
 
The incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde" (1920)


Edited by Mal Murray - 25 Sep 2013 at 16:04
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Mal:
Thank you for that dedicated peom. The 89th Field Amblance was part of the 29th Division.  Do you know if any of their field casualty records from Gallipoli were saved and if so have the records been digitized by the National Archives.
 
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Hi,
 
The following link is to the War Diary of the 89th Field Ambulance, according to the National Archives the record has not been digitised as of yet.
 
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Hi Mal
Thanks for that reference.  I'm sorry for taking so long to respond, got too busy with other things and forgot to get back thisOuch.
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