THE JUNGLE BEASTS ©
(formerly No. 2752589 Pte. R. H. A. Grubb, who served through the Malayan Campaign and subsequent Japanese captivity.)
Deep in Malaya's jungle, mangrove swamp, heat and mud,
Eight hundred fighting Scotsmen battered in sweat and blood,
Far from the heath and the heather, far from the fir and the pine,
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 'The Thin Red Line',
Fought against ten times their number of enemy tanks, 'planes and guns,
Fought without thought of surrender - Scotland, be proud of your Sons!
Enemy landing behind them, enemy 'planes overhead,
No hope of reinforcements, half of their number dead,
Selling their lives as dearly as their fathers in days of yore,
They fought from the Thailand border right down to Singapore;
No more heroic story has ever been told or heard
To add to old Scotland's glory - Honour the 93rd!
What though they lost the battle? What though Malaya fell?
They hadn't a chance to start with, but they gave the enemy hell,
And every Highland soldier who fell on that foreign sod
Could climb with ease a dead Japanese, right to the throne of God;
So we'll drink a toast to that gallant host in a cup of blood red wine-
To the 'swinging six'! To the 'bonny dice'! To 'The Thin Red Line'!