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Selwyn Johnston

INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES'

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(Cairns... Far North Queensland)

 

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Sincerely,

Selwyn Johnston

 

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The Final Inspection - Poem

The Wounded Digger WebSite

 

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THE FINAL INSPECTION 

~Author Unknown~ 

The Soldier stood and faced his God,   

Which must always come to pass. 

He hoped his shoes were shining, 

Just as brightly as his brass. 

 

"Step forward now, you Soldier, 

How shall I deal with you? 

Have you always turned the other cheek? 

To My Church have you been true?" 

 

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said, 

"No, my Lord, I ain't. 

Because those of us who carry guns, 

Can't always be a saint. 

 

I've had to work most Sundays, 

And at times my talk was tough. 

And sometimes I've been violent, 

Because the world is awfully rough. 

 

But, I never took a dollar, 

That wasn't mine to keep... 

Though I worked a lot of overtime, 

When the bills got just too steep. 


And I never passed a cry for help, 

Though at times I shook with fear. 

And sometimes, God, forgive me, 

I've wept unmanly tears. 

 

I know I don't deserve a place, 

Among the people here. 

They never wanted me around, 

Except to calm their fears. 

 

If you've a place for me here, Lord, 

It needn't be so grand. 

I never expected or had too much, 

But if you don't, I'll understand. 

 

There was a silence all around the throne, 

Where the saints had often trod. 

As the Soldier waited quietly, 

For the judgment of his God. 

 

"Step forward now, you Soldier, 

You've borne your burdens well. 

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, 

You've done your time in Hell."

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The Wounded Digger Website 

The website aims to provide serious casualties and their families with a wide range of information on support organisations and the rehabilitation process. The site is a directory of information that seeks to provide education, interaction and networking for injured or ill members, their families and other key stakeholders. 

The Wounded Digger Website was a request made by wounded Army personnel. It became clear at the Wounded Diggers Forum in Canberra on 29 March 2010, that a website was required to assist members and their families to better access support services. 

 

 

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