An analysis of the individuals making up the lost generation of WWI. They involve a range of backgrounds and experiences, all states and classes, and come from a variety of military units - not just the infantry.
About the Author
Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer whose main interests are Australian history, politics, and sport. He has researched and written extensively about the impact on Australia of its involvement in World War I.
Dr McMullin's books include his biographies, the award-winning Pompey Elliott and Will Dyson: Australia’s radical genius; his ALP history, The Light on the Hill; and another political history, So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the world’s first national labour government.
'Superbly researched, and written with great heart.'
'McMullin has set a new standard in Australian military biographical, for which he must be congratulated. Very highly recommended.'
--Ron Austin "Mufti "
'This is the work of a real historian who has gotten his hands dirty doing real work ... a powerful and valuable book.'
--Craig Stockings "Australian Historical Studies "
'Written with considerable flair and empathy.'
--Murray Johnson "Australian Journal of Politics and History "
'Farewell, Dear People is a powerful revelation of the lasting cost of the Great War -- a deeply felt engagement with lost lives, and a superb union of research and writing.'
--Peter Stanley, author of Men of Mont St Quentin
'A remarkably good book ... Farewell Dear People has elevated the study of Australian involvement in the Great War to a new dimension in courage, commitment and sacrifice.'
--Stephen Loosley "The Spectator "
'There is so much to admire and to praise in this book. The research is prodigious, the storytelling hypnotic, the confidence and clarity of the writer remarkable. Do not for a second think of this book as military history only or mostly ... This is a rich book, to be sure. One that I read with such pleasure and admiration. It is a wonderful tribute to the 10 men whose lives we discover for the first time, an extraordinary account of Australia from about the 1870s and into the 1930s, and deeply moving.'
--Michael McKernan "Canberra Times "