Description - ANZAC Sons by Allison Paterson
...Well dear Jim it breaks my heart to write this
letter. Our dear [brother] was killed yesterday
morning at 5.30. The bullet killed him instantly
and he never spoke a word. I had just left him
and gone down the trench to see the other lads
when I was called back. Oh Jim it is awful...Oh
I do hope he is the last...
It is April 27, 1918, Jim's brother writes from the battlefields of
France. Of five brothers serving on the Western Front, three have
given their lives; another has been hospitalised. Six agonising
months of brutal warfare were yet to be endured...
The Great War was a senseless tragedy. Its long shadow
darkened the four corners of the world. In Mologa, Victoria,
once a bustling community, stands a lonely stone memorial.
Etched within the granite are the names of the Marlow
brothers and their mates; a testament to ordinary people
who became heroes.
Anzac Sons is composed from a collection of over five hundred
letters and postcards written by the brothers who served.
From the training grounds of Victoria, Egypt and England, to
the Western Front battlefields - Pozieres, Bullecourt, Messines,
Menin Road, Passchendaele, Villers-Bretonneux and the village
battles of 1918 - this compelling true story was compiled by
the granddaughter of a surviving brother. She takes us on her
journey as she walks in the footsteps of her ancestors.
This is a story of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; it is a
heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by war. It is a pledge
to never forget.
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Author Biography - Allison Paterson
Allison Marlow Paterson is a teacher/librarian. She decided to write this book to honour her family after the collection of over 500 letters came close to being destroyed, but through fate were recovered. She began researching and transcribing the letters 12 years ago and after visiting the Western Front in 2011 was finally able to complete this moving and historically important book.
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