Lost Boys of Anzac

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 384 pages
Author: P. Stanley
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781742233970
Other: maps, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: NewSouth Books

Australians remember the dead of 25 April 1915 on Anzac Day every year. But do we know the name of a single soldier who died that day? What do we really really know about the men supposedly most cherished in the national memory of war? Peter Stanley goes looking for the Lost Boys of Anzac: the men of the very first wave to land at dawn on 25 April 1915 and who died on that day. There were exactly 101 of them, and this book contains biographies of each of them.

They were they first to volunteer, the first to go into action, and the first of the 60,000 Australians killed in that conflict.

'Lost Boys of Anzac' traces who these men were, where they came from and why they came to volunteer for the AIF in 1914. It follows what happened to them in uniform and, using sources overlooked for nearly a century, uncovers where and how they died, on the ridges and gullies of Gallipoli. - where most of them remain to this day. An we see how the Lost Boys were remembered by those who knew and loved them, and how they have since faded from memory.

'Lost Boys of Anzac' offers a startlingly original account of the landing on Gallipoli, relvealing in poignant detail how one day of battle led to decades of grief: a powerful new way of looking at Australia's history of the Great War.

The list of the 101 men who lost their life on that first day at Gallipoli are as below:
William Bentley (also known as 'Barney') Allen, clerk, S, Heywood, Vic, CofE
William Richard (also known as 'Dick') Annear, 39, commercial traveller, S, Subiaco, WA, CofE
Charles James (also known as Rappie') Backman, 30, boilermaker’s assistant, S, Adelaide, SA, Cong
Richard Hamilton Baker, 20, bank clerk, S, Sandgate, Q CofE
Cecil 'Thomas Barrack, 30, engineer, S, Chatswood, NSW, CofE
Frank Batt, 31, miner, S, London, UK, CofE
William Charles Belson, 22, architect, S, Malanda, Q, Pres
William John Bradley, 30, labourer, Newport, UK, CofE
Charles George Brown, 22, labourer, S, Newmacher, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Pres
Albert John Byrne, 24, electrician, S, Broken Hill, NSW, CofE
Hugh Calderbank, 32, motorman (tram driver), M, Perth, WA, CofE
Thomas George Carroll, 23, contractor/farm labourer, S, North Fremantle, WA, RC
Joseph Henry Cooke, 32, accountant, M, Wickepin, WA, CofE
Tom Courtney, 19, engine cleaner, S, Ipswich, Q RC
Alfred (also known as 'Lizzie) Crowther, 26, iron moulder, S, Wayville, SA, CofE
Frederick Dann, 30, carpenter, S, Melbourne, Vic, CofE
John (known as Jack) Davey, 19, labourer, S, Woombye, Q, Meth
John Dow, 25, miner, S, Perthshire, Scotland, Pres
John Curry Duckworth, 36, labourer, M, Perth, WA, Pres
Wolverton Mason Edgar, 36, lumper, S, Great Bulling, Hants, UK, CofE
Charles John Falk, 30, clerk, S, Yatala, SA, CofE
John James Ferguson, 19, labourer, S, Perth, WA, RC
George Clement Ferrett, 29, wheelwright, S, Blinman, SA, CofE
James Fielding, 26, labourer, S, Sheffield, Yorks, UK, CofE
Edward William Fitzgerald [Edward Edwards], 37, agent, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, CofE
Thomas Walter Ford, 19, medical student, S, Brisbane, CofE
Herbert Howard Kentwell Fowles (also known as Bert), 21, schoolteacher, S, Zillmere, Q CofE
William James (known as Billy) Gibbons, 34, labourer, M, Adelaide, SA, CofE
John Woodside (known as Jack) Gibson, 26, labourer, S, Canada/India, CofE
Anthony Simpson (also known as MAO Gilpin, 24, ironmonger, S, Ballarat, Vic, CofE
Albert Glatz [Alexander Glades], 27, miner, S, Kapunda, SA, Pres
Kenneth Douglas (known as Ken) Gordon, 28, clerk, S, Port Pirie, SA, CofE
John Lewes Davidson Gower, 29, clerk, S, Littlehampton, SA, CofE
George Charles Gracey, 28, motorman, S, South Brisbane, Q, CofE
Harry John Graham, 19, sheep farmer, S, Barcaldine, Q CofE
James Joseph Grant, 22, shipping clerk, S, Brisbane, Q RC
Keith Eddowes Green, 21, shipping clerk, S, Mitcham, SA, CofE
Percival Charles Greenhill, 26, labourer, S, London, UK, CofE
Wilfred Carl Hill, 22, labourer, S, Concord, NSW, CofE
William Albert (also known as 'Fatty') Hobson, 25, potter, Stourbridge, Worcs, UK, CofE
Cuthbert Oliver Holcombe, 33, farmer, S, London, UK, CofE
John Holden, 19, farm hand, S, Bromley, UK, CofE
Henry (known as Harry) Jackson, 20, carpenter, S, Coen, Q, RC
Leslie Job, 19, telephonist, Perth GPO, S, Fitzroy, WA, CofE
William Johnston, 21, clerk, S, Edinburgh, Scotland, Pres
Leo James Kerswill, 21, hide and skin cleaner, S, Newman Park, Q, Bapt
Patrick Kiely, 28, engineer, S, Cork, Ireland, RC
Leslie John (also known as Langey) Langdon, 28, farmer, S, Melbourne, CofE
James Llewellyn (also known as 'Lyn') Lewis, 20, bank clerk, S, Port Adelaide, SA, CofE
James Mulcaster Lovatt, 33, farmer, S, Bettwys-y-Coed, Wales, Meth
Robert Stirling Mackie, 19, draper, S, Clydebank, Scotland, Pres
Frederick Dennis Mangan, 27, telegraph operator, M, Dublin, Ireland, RC
Harold Osborne Mansfield, 32, miner, S, Parkside, SA, CofE
David Joseph McCarthy, railway porter, S, Woolloongabba, Q, RC
Francis Ronald Reid McJannet, 23, farmer, S, Kununoppin, WA, Pres
Alexander McPhail, 25, farmer, S, Glasgow, Scotland, Pres
Albert (also known as 'Peter') McConnachy, 25, miner, S, Renmark, SA, CofE
Keith Mitchell, 18, labourer, S, Lancefield, Vic, Bapt
Joseph Russel Moir, 24, farmer, S, Taranaki, NZ, Protestant
Donald Munro, 19, bricklayer, 5, Thurso, Scotland, Pres
George Alfred Nicoll, 35, accountant, S, Sydney, NSW, CofE
Edward Castle Oldham, 38, gentleman, S, Hackney, SA, CofE
Michael John O'Sullivan, 19, clerk, S, Rosewood, Q, RC
William Thomas Payne, 19, clerk, S, Brisbane, Q, Wesleyan
Ambrose Stanley Pearce, 20, carpenter, S, Quorn, SA, Meth
James Willis Plummer, 20, horse trainer, S, Yorketown, SA, RC
William Alexander Pollock, 37, labourer, S, Glasgow, Scotland, CofE
William George Price, 19, jeweller, S, Newcastle, NSW, Bapt
Patrick Thomas Pyne, 19, postal assistant, S, Strathalbyn, SA, RC
Walter Reeves, 24, labourer, S, Cambridge, UK, CofE
Henry John Riekie, 35, grocer/bread carter, M, Subiaco, WA, CofE
William John (also known as John or jack') Rigby, 22, clerk, S, Yeronga, Q, CofE
Sydney Beresford Robertson, 28, law clerk, S, Ipswich, Q Cong
John Rundle, labourer, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, Meth
George Alfred Rush, 24, labourer, S, Nelson Bay, NSW, CofE
Victor Joseph Sanders, 34, overseer, Toowoomba, Q, CofE
Harry Sawley, 22, painter, S, Southport, Lancs, UK, Wesleyan
Basil Archdeacon (also known as Archie') Scott, 23, motor mechanic, S, Northam, WA, CofE
Guy Allen Sharpe, 26, civil engineer, S, Poona, India, CofE
Hurtle Charles Shaw, 26, blacksmith, S, Hindmarsh, SA, CofE
William Haswell Shelton, 21, farmer, S, Murgon, Q Meth
Godfrey John Sherman, 24, bank clerk, S, Sydney, NSW, RC
Raymond Ferres Shirley, 22, law clerk, S, Brisbane, Q CofE
Richard Smith, 33, tinsmith/fitter/silversmith, S, Birmingham, UK, CofE
William Millar Smylie, 21, motor mechanic, S, Belfast, Ireland, Pres
Rupert James Sparrow, 22, horse driver, S, Broken Hill, NSW, CofE
George Spence, 32, carpenter, S, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Pres
Edward Harvey Statham, 34, contractor, S, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CofE
Joseph Stratford, 34, labourer, S, Lismore, NSW, CofE
Charles Joshua Sussex, 34, labourer, Richmond, Vic, Pres
Frederick John Thompson, 33, traveller, S, Feilding, NZ, Pres
Edward James Thrum, 22, painter, S, Sorrento, Vic, Pres
Ernest Percy (also known as `Wakka) Walker, 23, sleeper cutter, S, Lillimur, Vic, CofE
William Frederick Walker, 22, labourer, S, Shipton Winslow, Bucks, UK, Anglican
William John Walsh, 33, tinsmith, M, Brisbane, Q CofE
William John Wilcox, 23, labourer, S, London, UK, CofE
Percy Williams, 21, miner or grocer?, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, Meth
Arthur Edward Wise, 22, iron moulder, S, Woolloongabba, Q, RC
Roy Wyld, 26, fireman, S, Semaphore, SA, CofE

Note on text
Map of Gallipoli
Prologue: The Lost Boys
- The list of Lost Boys, 1914
Part 1. Lost Boys in 1914
- Australia in 1914
- 'He joined at once': volunteers for the AIF
- 'We hail from busy Rundle Street': callings
- 'A roamer': on the tramp
- 'The opportunity in Australia': migrants
- 'A born soldier': officers
- State school to 'Varsity men: education
Part 2. Lost Boys in uniform
- 'Well and truly serve': enlistment
- 'What a soldier ought to be': military experience
- 'Australian Expeditionary Force': in camp
- 'Full of incident': ther voyage to Egypt
- 'Healthy, keen, spirited and adventurous': Egypt
- 'No thought of the death that awaits': to Lemnos
- 'We may be cut up': oders for the landing
Part 3. Lost Boys on Gallipoli
- 'Not seen to land': in the water
- 'Rushed heightsabove shores': the advance inland
- 'Have we come too far?': the advanced parties
- 'The votal ground': the fight for Baby 700
- 'Under a very heavy fire': the fight for the ridges
- 'Jacko got his shrapnl into them': artillery fire
- 'Wounded out in front': the fate of the furthest parties
- 'Dig in for night': the day ends
Part 4. Lost Boys missing
- 'Lost afyer the landing': comrades mourn
- 'There is no report that he died': casualty lists
- 'Prompt and sympathetic attention': Base Records
- Sad intelligence soon spread': delivering the news
- Something is wrong': delays in informing families
- 'No trace': the missing
- 'What does "missing" mean?: the Red Cross's searchers
- 'Still on active service': ghosts of the Lost Boys
- 'He must be a prisoner': Lost Boys captured?
- 'Waiting most anxiously': families on tenderhooks
Part 5. Lost Boys dead
- 'Killed in action': the courts of enquiry
- 'Deceased soldiers' affaires': administrative consequences
- 'Money matters': pensions granted, and not
- 'His mother's only support': bereaved parents
- 'The belongings iof their boys': soldiers' effects
- 'Syuch a lot of letter-writing': complications
- 'Yes, a brother killed in action': bereaved families and the war
- 'Harry alive': hopes fade
Part 5. Lost Boys remembered
- 'Memory's golden chain': in memoriam
- 'A gap that will never be filled': return to Gallipoli
- 'The circumstances surrounding his death': the circulars
- 'To a grave so far away': burial
- 'One vast graveyard': the cemeteries
- Before the pilgrimages come': the Lost Boys' graves
- 'His death is shrouded in mystery': the lost
- 'Never recovered': the effects of war
Epilogue: The Lost Boys today
Appendix 1. The Lost Boys of Anzac
Appendix 2. Note on sources and methods
Select bibliography


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