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The Deployment Story of Herman Wallace Murray (Canadian Army - Second World War)

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English
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Museum use only
Accession Number: 
S2018.20.1

Story Text: 

MOTHER DEAR

I left her standing by the train,
Smiling through tears of grief and pain;
My khaki collar showed the trace
Of tears from that beloved face.

I wondered then why she should fright,
For wasn't I prepared to fight
For victory, freedom, peace and love,
Protected by my God above?

Dear Mother, yours is the hardest fight,
For yours is the misery of sleepless nights
And dragging days in the house alone,
Watching for mail and the silent phone.

And when at last peace reigns o'er the world,
You'll stand at the station, your flag unfurled
To receive the medal that you have won;
The loving smile of your homecoming son