Gordon Wallace, from Australia – a proud supporter of his country and the Empire, he signed up as a volunteer. He was a sergeant in the 2/15th Infantry Battalion, Australian 9th Division. The infantry experienced some of the worst casualties.
He found solace from the horrors of warfare in poetry. At Alamein Gordon lost his good friend, Roy, who’d signed up to look out for his younger buddy who was just 18 at the time. He chose to read a poem about the aftermath of the battle, ‘Morning after the Barrage at El Alamein’ and a section of ‘In the Desert Today.’