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    Gus Hales 9 Sqn...

    ...unnanounced Falklands poem.




    Steve, Tony, you may remember Gus, I think he joined the Sqn just as I foolishly left.
    "We're surrounded on all sides... Good... you're obviously in the right place".

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    A very emotional verse and very appropriate

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    Well done That Man.

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    Re: Gus Hales 9 Sqn...

    Good post,didn't know the guy mores the pity, as he was after my time !
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    Not a bad effort for a shoveler.... gud stuff
    I note Jimmy O'Connell lurking in back ground outside the Cathedral
    HURRY UP AND WAIT

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    Gus Hales, Ex 9 Para Sqn RE Class of 82. He has arrived at his FRV to begin his protest and dug in. Gus is staging a Hunger Strike in protest ref PTSD, Suicide rates among veterans and also justice for Northern Ireland veterans, not prosecutions.

    The Protest is taking place outside Combat Stress, Audley Court, Newport Shropshire TF10 7BP. Please support Gus however you can and get this on every Veterans Facebook page and Groups. God bless you Gus. I just spoke to him and he's absolutely resolute. He will need resups, battery power and support. Poss live FB feeds too if anyone can assist.

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    Gus is a Veteran of the Falklands War, 1982

    DEEP IN MY MIND WHERE NOBODY GOES
    Every year on Remembrance Sunday’
    I sit in the corner of the British Legion Bar,
    Dressed in blazer, shirt, Regimental tie,
    And polished shoes, with my head held high.

    But deep in my mind, where nobody goes,
    I see a wooden cross where the wind of victory lies.
    “Three Cheers for Victory,” I hear the politician say.
    But you never asked me about my victory.
    And, if they did, I would have explained it this way:

    It isn’t your flags or emblems of war,
    Or the marching of troops past the Palace’s door.
    It isn’t Mrs Thatcher on the balcony high,
    Reaffirming her pledge to serve or die.
    But it’s the look and the pain on a teenager’s face
    As he dies for his country, in a far off place.

    It’s the guns and the shells and the Phosphorus grenades,
    And the wounded and the dead in freshly cut graves,
    Or the grieving wife or the fatherless child,
    Whose young, tender life will be forever defiled:

    Or the alcoholic soldier with a shattered mind,
    Who takes the suicide option for some peace to find.
    Well, that’s my victory but no one knows,
    For its deep in my mind where nobody goes.

    ©Copyright November 12, 2007 by Gus Hales
    "We're surrounded on all sides... Good... you're obviously in the right place".

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