'Forgotten Valour' is the story of Arthur Sullivan VC and other Australian
soldiers who enlisted in the Great War but went on to fight in the Russian Civil
- 'North Russia. 11 August 1919. Although it was after two o'clock in
the morning, the sky was not completely dark, and the midnight sun cast
its eerie half-light on the group of Australian soldiers who rested on
the bank of a swamp ...
- Machine-gun bullets and rifle shots whistled through the air and
thumped into tree trunks or fizzed as their heat hit the water. Death
was all around: quick - to the head or the heart - or slow - a wound, an
amputation or an infection.'
The Great War, 'the war to end all wars' as someone optimistically called it,
ended on 11 November 1918, yet here these men were, nine months later, with the
fresh blood of battle sprayed up their arms and strained on their shirts.
A 22 year old soldier from South Australia, Corporal Arthur Percy Sullivan,
was among the column of men pinned down in the muddy water. What happened next
would change the rest of his life.
This gripping story about Australians at war and the effect of war in
Australia has not been fully told until now.
Part 1: 1840-1918
1. A Town in the Country
3. 'A Sound of Gentle Sobbing'
4. The Main Game
5. A Patriotic Appeal
Part 2: 1918-1919
6. A Name on a List
7. All Types Taken
8. The Rainbow in the Eye of the Storm
Part 3: 1919
9. Archangel and Oak-Panelled Punditry
10. 'Some Rather Startling Oil'
11. Mates, Marching, Mosquitoes, Mutiny and Murder
12. A Little Bit of Fighting
13. The Souring Mood
14. These Colours Don't Run
15. Homeward Bound
Part 4: 1919-1936
17. The Crimson Few
18. Malaria, Medals and Memories of War
19. Stone Memorials and Living Heroes
20. Princes and Knaves
Part 5: 1936-1937
23. Gallipoli-Types Sought
24. Kangaroo Feathers
25. An Inquest, a Memorial Service and a Funeral
26. A Gap in the Ranks
Part 6: Aftermath
27. Memory of Loss
Notes and References
Sources and Materials