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Description - Gallipoli by Jonathan King

Landing on the beach at Gallipoli, aged 16, Alec Campbell looked no
more than 12-years-old in his big brother's uniform. He was a
young Australian caught up in a war that he knew very little about
and in a country that he couldn't spell. For three months, Private
Campbell carried water through the trenches above Anzac Cove
avoiding snipers and crossfire. 'The kid soldier,' as he had become
known, eventually succumbed to enteric fever and was evacuated to
Cairo for a six-month stint in hospital. His sense of national
spirit, however, did not end at Gallipoli. On returning home, he
took on a larrikin life jackarooing, building boats and as a
builder in Australia's new capital. His patriotism and love for
others transported him from the bush to the Australian Workers
Union, where he stood for elections in the local council before
working for the Department of Labour to help repatriate World War
II veterans. He also worked tirelessly for the Heart Foundation
until he was 80-years-old. Alec Campbell epitomises the Aussie
larrikin as well as the reluctant hero. He was the knockabout boy
who entered the war for adventure and ended his life as a national
treasure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740310925
ISBN-10: 1740310926
Format: Paperback / softback
(225mm x 145mm x 20mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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