ANZAC Sons : The Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars
by Allison Paterson
Editor: Big Sky Publishing
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Dear Jim, he breaks my heart writing this letterOur dear[brother] was killed yesterday morning at 5:30 amThe bullet that killed him instantly and he never spoke a wordI had just left him and came down the trench to see the other guys when I was called back.Oh Jim, that’s awful.Oh, I hope he’s the last oneIt was on April 27, 1918, Jim’s brother, wrote from the battlefields of FranceOf five brothers serving on the Western Front, three gave their lives; another was hospitalizedSix scary months of war violence were still to endureThe Great War was a senseless tragedyHis long shadow darkens the four corners of the worldIn Mologa, Victoria, once the community is alive, stands a solitary memorial stoneEngraved in granite are the names of the Marlow brothers and their wives; a will for ordinary people who have become heroesAnzac Fils is composed from a collection of over five hundred letters and postcards written by the brothers who servedFrom the Victoria, Egypt and England pattern formation, to the Western Front battlefields – Pozières, Bullecourt, Messines, Menin Road, to Passchendaele, Villers-Bretonneux and the Battle Village of 1918 – this compelling true story was compiled by the granddaughter of a surviving brotherShe takes us on her journey as she walks in the footsteps of her ancestorsIt’s a story of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; it’s a heartbreak of a war-torn familyIt’s a pledge of t
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