Vivian Bullwinkel | Australian nurse, war hero, legend
Vivian Bullwinkel was an Australian Army Nurse Sister during the second world war who was the sole survivor of the tragic Banka Island massacre in Sumatra
03.05.1926 - 31.01.2020
Fair daughter of Roseneath, we conquered that bewilderment
Twixt Life and Death; We are together, now.
Once more I'll look into your eyes and hold your hand,
With dreams and songs and flowers guaranteed.
You were a champion, my Nancy-Nee;
What's thrust upon a Country Policeman's wife
Is odd and varied – unexpected;
You tackled gamely – the peculiar and mundane.
Denise and Denis, before they issued through
The gate, were deftly scrubbed and polished, and
I Excelled in starch-and-ironing in my Police attire.
House-clothes conferred on you a sporty glamour;
You failed, abysmally, to replicate
Insipid, wifely image of the Rinso ads;
When you were on-my-arm, sweet, clever girl,
I was the tallest bloke in every room we entered.
Is it possible my brashness may have
Partially obscured your unpretentious brilliance?
Did I drown your sweet, true melodies
With my stupendous tenor?
From earthbound friends and family who grieve
I seek forbearance – and declare: It is absurdly,
Absolutely glorious – and bloody marvellous
That you are here, with me, my darling Nee –
And we are now complete.
Hugh Templeton Middleton, 23.10.1923 - 20.07.2018
Amanuensis: Janet Elena Marchetti
Publication: Warwick Daily News