A Man

A message from Robert Charles Medforth’s niece…

You may be interested in a poem that I came into possession from my mother’s things. It was written to Joyce Medforth, Bob’s (Robert Medforth) widow, they had only been married for a short time before he went overseas. According to the writing on the poem, it was written by his buddies at the airbase in Belgium.


A Man

There are men who fly the trackless skies
Who rove the seven seas.
They win all fame and glory
While floating through the breeze

There’s men that hold the font lines fast
And for their country dying,
There’s unsung lads not far behind
Who keep the aircraft flying.

We too have come to fight for home
For Victory – Freedom – Peace
We do not look for glories, fame
But work that wars may cease.

Yes, Joyce, he gave his life for you
For me, his family, friends
For people in this darkened world
In every walk and trend.

He gave his all and asked for naught
A hero to us all
“Where’s Robert, where is Goose and George”
Of death he had no fear.

He thought not of himself but us
“Look after them”, he said
“I’m O.K. look after them”
And now our Bob is dead.

Dead? ah no – they never die,
He’s left this world tis true,
But there in heaven he reigns with god
Where skies are always blue.

An unsung hero here on earth
His rightful place he holds up there
He’s ranked up with the best of them
As in our hearts down here.


8 thoughts on “A Man

  1. that was beautiful. I don’t like to feel emotional in the mornings as it interferes with my work of the day but that was touching and transcends the mundane work at hand!

    Keep their memories alive by continuing to share these wonderful, sometimes tragic stories and they will truly never be forgotten.

  2. That is a truly beautiful poem of war and about the loss of a good friend and hero.

    It truly reflects the love and respect the “crew” had for Bob Medforth, but even more, it shows Bob’s care and concern for his crew – with his last dying words – “Where’s Robert, where is Goose and George”.

    Thank you Geraldine Hopkins for sharing this wonderful poem about your uncle.

    Robert Charles Medforth will never be forgotten.

    Mark White – George’s son.

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