Sonkurai Labour Camp

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Sonkurai Labour Camp

(Thailand Railway 1943)

By Cyril Wild



At Sonkurai, where hope lay drowned

Beneath the bridge, the earth is browned

With mould, sad monsoon-vapours veil

The jungle, and the creepers trail

Like snakes inert, their coils unwound


And there our rear-guard keep their ground

(Eight comrades laid beneath each mound)

A thjousand dead without avail,

At Sonkurai.


Freed from the captive’s weary round,

Homeless, a lasting home they found.

Let not our faith their courage fail,

Till with the dawn the stars turn pale

And (silent long) our bugles sound

At Sonkurai!




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