Valour and Violets: South Australia in the Great War

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 410 pages
Author: R. Kearney & S. Cleary
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781743055311
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, glossary, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Wakefield Press

Close to 35,000 South Australians enlisted for service overseas during the Great War. Around 5500 never came back. Countless more returned with physical and psychological injuries that would affect them for the rest of their lives.

'Valour and Violets' brings together for the first time the stories of the campaigns and battles in which South Australians served, set against the backdrop of the South Australian home front. Here are the stories of Frederick Prentice, the first of three Indigenous South Australians to be awarded the Military Medal; Thomas Baker, the gunner who became an ace pilot; and Sister Margaret Graham, awarded the Royal Red Cross for her contribution to army nursing. Here too are lesser known stories, such as that of Alexandrina Seager, who formed the Cheer-Up Society back home and worked every single day during the war, despite losing her youngest son at Gallipoli. Or Clara Weaver of Rosewater, who not only lost five sons to the war but also her husband, George, who died at home before the war ended.

Drawing on the work of the many who have written on the subject previously, 'Valour and Violets' provides a wholly South Australian perspective on the impact of the Great War on individuals, on families and on our state's coastal, regional, and outback communities.

Minister's Message
1. Evolution of an Army|
2. 1914 - For King and Empire
3. 1915 - The 'Adventure' Begins
4. 1916 - So Many Casualties
5. 1917 - Hell on Earth
6. 1918 - Beginning of the End
7. 1919 - Bringing them Home
Author's Note
Appendix 1. South Australian Boer War contingents
Appendix 2. Universal Military Training Scheme (UMTS) brigades
Appendix 3. Army formations
Appendix 4. Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force
Appendix 5. Links between the British and Australians
Appendix 6. Links between the Australians and New Zealanders
Appendix 7. Australian Imperial Force (AIF) 1914-1918
Appendix 8. List of 'specialist' units in which South Australians enlisted
Appendix 9. List of maps
List of sources

'This beautifully presented, easy to read and highly informative book should take pride of place in anyone’s library.' - Nic Klaassen, Flinders Ranges Research

'A beautifully written book, evoking tears of sadness and joy ... A book to read and dip into many times ...' - RH, ARPA News 



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