Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing (The Extroadinary Life Of Alec Campbell)

Gallipoli Our Last Man Standing The Extroadinary Life Of Alec Campbell Landing on the beach at Gallipoli Alec Campbell aged looked like a year old in his big brothers uniform An Australian country boy caught up in a war he knew little about on a peninsula he co

  • Title: Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing (The Extroadinary Life Of Alec Campbell)
  • Author: Jonathan King
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Landing on the beach at Gallipoli, Alec Campbell, aged 16, looked like a 12 year old in his big brothers uniform An Australian country boy caught up in a war he knew little about, on a peninsula he couldn t even spell, he eluded snipers as he carried water up the line to the trenches of anzac cove Eventually he succumbed to illness and was evacuated to Cairo Back hLanding on the beach at Gallipoli, Alec Campbell, aged 16, looked like a 12 year old in his big brothers uniform An Australian country boy caught up in a war he knew little about, on a peninsula he couldn t even spell, he eluded snipers as he carried water up the line to the trenches of anzac cove Eventually he succumbed to illness and was evacuated to Cairo Back home again he went bush as a drover and jackaroo, but Gallipoli had opened his eyes to the iniquities of war and of empire, and the depression reinforced his political radicalisation He became an active unionist, a socialist and republican Living with the injury he sustained at Gallipoli, he devoted much of his working life to helping others with disabilities Alec Campbell who went to war for adventure and lived to become a national icon, epitomises the Aussie larrikin and reluctant hero.

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    1. ‘Perhaps no other private soldier has received such attention on his death.’Alec Campbell was sixteen years old when he signed up to fight in World War I. He looks much younger than the eighteen years he claimed to be in the photograph taken of him in his uniform. Alec Campbell was a water carrier at Gallipoli. After six weeks he succumbed to illness and was evacuated to Cairo. Who was this young man, who served at Gallipoli and who lived long enough to become our last living connection with [...]

    2. A reasonably complete account of the life of Alec Campbell, the last survivor of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. There is far more to this biography than an account of Campbell's involvement in the war - in fact, he was only at Gallipoli for 6 weeks before the allied forces retreated. There is plenty of family background, dating from the arrival in Australia of the first of this line of Campbells; the author also spends considerable time documenting Campbell's union and political activities. Howeve [...]

    3. Good Book feel guilty buying it from a thrift shop for $2!! but. important to have Alec's life in print, and especially pleasing is the record of Alec's life postwar with his involvement in the trade u nion movement and politics, much 'who knew' :)

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