William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


Lads being moulded on the square
With shiny boots and brass
They had no hair they saw the stare
The RSM was kicking ass!

Forty Recruits, all Callow Youths
From all across the land
Stood out there upon the square
Listening to the Queen’s Own Band

You might think that I am mean
You callow lads of seventeen
But when the bullets above you fly
You will not stop and question why?

You will be trained to do or die
I’m not your Mom, so do not cry
Your Drill Sergeant he’s quite a guy
He’ll make your Depot days fly by

That’s where I met old Jack Gallant
Who served in World War Two
Corporals Wally Scharf and Bob Bluett
Were recruit instructors too!

After 6 months, was I then mature?
I doubt it, but I’m not quite sure
I never, ever questioned why?
My role was but to do or die!

Submitted for the May 2005 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “Callow