Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 241
one is brought to a sense of realisation of what his homefolk endured, but the Australian never yet regretted doing the right thing and we know that through your clouds of sorrow there shows a ray of sunshine in knowing that he made the great sacrifice for the good of others. It is a great sorrow that in after years may be looked back on by you with a little justifiable pride.
You remember that stanza in "Harps of Ancient Rome". –
"How can man die better
"Than facing fearful odds
"For the ashes of his fathers
"And the temples of his gods"
Well that applies to him only the issue at stake is far greater. After seeing the