The end of the war against Japan brought a feeling of intense relief for Mildura veteran, Gilbert Powell.  Gilbert was a machine gunner in 7th Battalion's E Company and rose to the rank of Sergeant during his military service.

Gilbert was interviewed by a Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) journalist just before the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, 15 August 1945.  The interview has been reproduced here.

Whit by name and wit by nature, Len Whittenbury teased shopkeepers by asking them to change a fake million dollar note, or offering to pay with an ancient penny". 

This obituary provides a glimpse into Len's character and life.

Lyall was Mentioned in Despatches for his "exceptional service in the field in the South West Pacific" while serving at the front line in Bouganville and has continued to deliver 'exceptional service"2016 04 25 14 47 58 Lyall only edited through his membership of the 7th Battalion Association. 

He was a founding member of the Association and served on the Committee since its inception more than six decades ago!  Lyall was President of the Association from 2001 until he stepped down and handed over leadership of the Association to Stuart Rowley in April 2016.

We don't know when and how the song was written, but it was sung at Battalion Reunions, especially the early ones.