Many books have been written by officers, historians and military experts on the part the Anzacs played in the Dardanelles campaign during the First World War. There are very few by ordinary soldier.
Roy Kyle started writing this memoir at the age of 89 and almost completed it before he died. A typical Anzac, fiercely patriotic, he enlisted in the A.I.F. in 1915, several months under-age. He spent his eighteenth birthday in the terrible trenches of Gallipoli and then went on to serve on the Western Front.
'An Anzac's Story' is an honest poignant account of a young man's experience of war. It is much more than this, though, for Roy Kyle's story begins with his colourful, classic Australian childhood in country New South Wales and Victoria in the early years of the last century. Bryce Courtney, who helped get Roy Kyle's memoirs published, has provided a moving introduction to his life and times.
This personal portrayal of war and those who fought is recommended reading for every Australian.
Introduction by Bryce Courtenay
1. The Beginning and Early Days
2. Early Gooramadda Days 1903-1909
4. Early School Daye
5. Notables and Others
6. Family, Relatives, Pet and Fashions
7. More Gooramadda Episodes
8. Huckleberry Finn
9. A New Beginning
Background to the War Years by Bryce Courtenay
10. War, 1914
13. Going Home
Bryce Courtney's Acknowledgements