Patrick Minto

I’LL NOT TURN BACK

The night pitch black, intensely cold
If it all goes wrong I’ll not see old
No lights allowed to drive up that track
I may be scared but I’ll not turn back.

My load’s a burden, but it must get through
To those boys up there, the machine gun crew
They need the ammo to maintain their attack
I may be scared but I’ll not turn back.

Down into the valley below the steep ridge
Charge through the pass, a tank’s wrecked the bridge
Now for that mountain without pause or slack
I may be scared but I’ll not turn back.

A flash and a bang, directly ahead;
Twenty yards closer and I’d be dead
Just keep going now on a port tack
I may be scared but I’ll not turn back

Where are those paras; I so wish to find?
I’m not circling here, this place is mined
And there just in front, tracer and flack
I may be scared but I’ll not turn back

Then a sergeant appears right alongside
Climbs and says, I’ll be your guide
My lads need ammo they’re in a cul-de-sac
We’re so glad you made it and didn’t turn back.

Webmaster’s Note: Quoted from MilitaryPhotos.net: “Unsung Heroes Islanders: … I met when was on the islands was a tractor driver called Patrick Minto and another chap called Morris, and also Philip Miller and Trudi MacFee; these blokes and ladies you don’t hear so much about but they are some of the [Falkland] islanders [who] ferried ammo up Mount Longdon. Here is a poem from Patrick Minto.