WW II, a British focus




1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Tom Barker passed on October 1st 2008poppy.gif - 1571 Bytes

Stay with me God the night is dark
the night is cold; my little spark
of courage dies, the night is long;
be with me, God, and make me strong.

Ilove a game, I love a fight.
I hate the dark; I love the light.
I love my child; I love my wife.
Iím no coward, Ilove life.

Life with itís changing mood and shade,
I want to live Iím not afraid,
but me and mine are hard to part;
Oh, unknown God ,lift up my heart.

You stilled the waters at Dunkirk,
and saved your servant all your work
is wonderful, dear God. You strode
before us down that dreadful road.

We were alone,and hope had fled;
we loved our country and our dead,
and could not shame them; so we stayed
the course, and were not much afraid.

Dear God that nightmare road; and then
that sea! We got there.., we were men.
My eyes were blind , my feet were torn.
My soul sang like a bird at dawn!

I knew that death is but a door.
I knew what we were fighting for;
peace for the kids, our brothers freed,
A kinder world, a cleaner breed.

Iím but the son my mother bore.
A simple man and nothing more.
ButóGod of strengh and gentleness,
Be pleased to make me nothing less.

Help me O God, when death is near
to mock the haggard face of fear,
That when I fallóIf fall I mustó
My soul may triumph in the dust.

"This poem was not written by Tom, but it was found blowing around in the sand of the western desert. Tom thought it should be posted as a memorial to the writer".

2982252 Pte Barker T.O. 1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Born 23 May 1921.
Tom Barker