My mother tells me my grandfather was one of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
That’s all I know of the story so far, apart from what is in the Australian War Memorial Records, and written by the army or historians.
There is so much history that could have been written but might forever be lost.
So we search for fragments in the often faded memories of those relatives who spoke to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
Must we then imagine their stories from these spoken fragments, public records, and photographs, where so many faces seem to be from the village of my grandfather.
Will some historians who want written records, and identify verification from the photographs, discount our hand-me-down fragments and pieced together tales?
I am touched when a friend of mine says her grandfather was an Australian on that trails.
Maybe our grandfathers met each other.
We will never now.
Malolo was a Fuzzy Wuzzy angel.
He was my bubu (grandfather)
Lest we Forget.
For more information
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
Many a mother in Australia
when the busy day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty
for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him
and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered
on the Owen Stanley Track
For they haven’t any halos
only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces worked by tattoos
with scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded
just as steady as a horse
Using leaves to keep the rain off
and as gentle as a nurse
Slow and careful in the bad places
on the awful mountain track
The look upon their faces
would make you think Christ was black
Not a move to hurt the wounded
as they treat him like a saint
It’s a picture worth recording
that an artist’s yet to paint
Many a lad will see his mother
and husbands see their wives
Just because the fuzzy wuzzy
carried them to save their lives
From mortar bombs and machine gun fire
or chance surprise attacks
To the safety and the care of doctors
at the bottom of the track
May the mothers of Australia
when they offer up a prayer
Mention those impromptu angels
with their fuzzy wuzzy hair.
By Bert Beros
Can be found at http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/asfaras/angels.html