An air of mystery surrounded Marcel Caux, one of the Australia's last surviving veterans of World War I, prior to his death in August 2004. He was unknown to most Australians until four years ago, when he suddenly emerged as a veteran of World War I.
The Department of Veteran Affairs said he had wished to retain some anonymity until that time and had asked that the file containing his service records be kept private. Why? Author and historian Lynette Silver sets out to explain the mysterious life of Marcel Caux in this fascinating account of a man, who up until 2001, even had his family wondering what his past really revealed.
In a beautifully written and pacy read, Silver unravels the true Marcel Caux Veterans Affairs records in fact show that Caux's real name was Harold Katte, born 1899, who served in France and returned to Australia in 1919. Records issued in the name Marcel Caux describe the service of Harold Katte. His son, Marcus de Caux only knew his father as Harold Katte. Was Caux trying to forget the horrors of war?
Did he in fact serve, as he said he did, during his time in the Great War? Caux scarcely talked about his war for 85 years and up until 2001 he never attended an Anzac Day or Remembrance Day service. "I'd rather forget the whole bloody business," he said. The amazing unravelling of the real Marcel Caux -- through official records, photographs and interviews with family, friends and acquaintances -- will certainly take you on a journey that, up until now, has been
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This book ought to be a standard text book for all High School Students ANYWHERE, but in particular, for students in Australia. The wordsmithing is profound, the references easy to confirm, the story full of checkable facts, and the underlying message is that warfare is not a game and it's impact continues decades after peace treaties are made. It gently takes the reader through the life of the lad who enlisted to serve in the Australian IMPERIAL forces, when Australia was formally a self-governing Federated British Colony,formerly six British Colonies, through both World Wars,("Australian" citizenship commences post WWII, prior to that we were simply "British Subjects .... hence Marcel's claim to be a Frenchman is full of irony) his life through the rest of the 20th Century, and into the first decade of the 21st Century. The warfare that the lad experienced during the Western Front in WWI had a lasting effect on HIM, and thus on his immediate family THEN, and continually throughout the rest of his life, and the lives of those who knew him, and knew of him. LEST WE FORGET
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 14th November 2005
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.395