SGT R. L.
warrior has just passed away.
He was respected by all in so many ways
Good soldier, good leader, good mate and
Ray fought for his country in South Vietnam.
And like so many others though damaged by
He never spoke of the trauma endured.
But he raised a family with Yvonne his wife.
Two children were born – they were the love
of his life.
And to his grandchildren I’d just like to
All the things I remember, and loved about
He could run like the wind, and box with the
In all types of sport he could outshine the
He was fearless in battle, a born leader of
Displaying sheer courage, again and again.
Words can’t describe the degree of his
He was one of a kind, the salt of the earth.
When money was tight and he was down to one
He’d quite gladly share it – he was that
kind of bloke.
With his friends he was honest, loyal and
The best sort of mate a young soldier could
He was always respected, and loved by his
In life he stood up for everything we hold
In death we salute him, as one of the brave.
Treasured memories of Raymond we will take
to the grave.
© Bill Charlton