Gallipoli. Our Last Man Standing. The Exrtraordinary Life Of Alec Campbell
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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: John Wiley And Sons Australia Ltd
Publisher Place: Milton
Publisher Year: 2004
Description: 223 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout.
Publishers Description: Landing on the beach at Gallipoli, aged 16, Alec Campbell looked nomore than 12-years-old in his big brothers uniform. He was ayoung Australian caught up in a war that he knew very little aboutand in a country that he couldnt spell. For three months, PrivateCampbell carried water through the trenches above Anzac Coveavoiding snipers and crossfire. The kid soldier, as he had becomeknown, eventually succumbed to enteric fever and was evacuated toCairo for a six-month stint in hospital. His sense of nationalspirit, however, did not end at Gallipoli. On returning home, hetook on a larrikin life jackarooing, building boats and as abuilder in Australias new capital. His patriotism and love forothers transported him from the bush to the Australian WorkersUnion, where he stood for elections in the local council beforeworking for the Department of Labour to help repatriate World WarII veterans. He also worked tirelessly for the Heart Foundationuntil he was 80-years-old. Alec Campbell epitomises the Aussielarrikin as well as the reluctant hero. He was the knockabout boywho entered the war for adventure and ended his life as a nationaltreasure.