Poems

Joe Dolce: ‘The Battles of Billy Sing’

The Battles of Billy Sing Put away your newspaper, and listen to these words, I’ll tell a tale the likes of which, I’m sure you’ve never heard. William Edward “Billy” Sing, Oz’s finest sniper, called the Anzac Angel of Death, and the Ypres Viper. His father, born in Shanghai, mother, an English nurse, his Chinese-Aussie ancestry, in youth, became a curse. Anti-Chinese sentiment, knocked back some volunteers, but keen to serve his countrymen, young Billy persevered. Skill with the Enfield rifle, earned him commendation and in the Fifth Light Horse began his lethal occupation. The Turks feared his marksman’s eye,…

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