Poems help heal wartime loneliness and anger
DURING war stricken times, a young Maryborough girl channelled her feelings into poetry.
Vera Bandholz, nee Bach, enlisted in the army in 1942 as an assistant radiologist at the Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane.
She wrote poems about her siblings and anyone she came into contact with during her day at the hospital.
Most of her writing was done during lonely nights at the training facility in Redbank.
Mrs Bandholz's son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Cheryl, came across the cockroach-eaten papers.
"When I found them, I showed Mum and she said to throw them away, but they were such nice poems we had to get them printed into a book," Cheryl said.
"When I read some of the poems, I related to them as my dad was in the war and she had really hit the nail on the head.
"I think it was her way of healing through expression.
"Some of the poems she wrote were dealing with her loneliness and others showed her anger."
Mrs Bandholz's father and uncle both fought in the First World War at Gallipoli.
Her uncle died in action and her father returned to work at Walkers.
Her brother also fought in the Second World War.
If anyone is interested in reading any of the poems, they can contact Brian and Cheryl Bandholz on 0408 712 162.
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The Fighting 47th
Many a heart was heavy that day
And all eyes were turned to heaven
Some were only just 18
Others a little older
We couldn't find a finer bunch
Or any much bolder
They left behind those they loved most
With a determination grin
If ever they should have the chance
They'd show the Japs who'd win
And when it comes to fighting
With both the bayonet and gun
They'd show the rest of Australia
How the blasted Japs can run
For they will never sit and watch
When skies above are grey
They know this is a fight for all
No time to shirk they say
So here's to the lads in khaki
Who hail from my home town
I know from past experience
They will not let us down
As we watch a new dawn break
We look up to heaven
And pray the Lord will bring safely back
The fighting 47th
Written by Vera Bach on October 4, 1942