Beecroft and Cheltenham in WWI

Beecroft and Cheltenham in WWI

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The immense impact of WWI on two small Sydney suburbs.

Beecroft and Cheltenham in WWI

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These two small semi-rural suburbs sent many of their young men to serve at the Front during the 1914-18 Great War in Europe. The author describes the part they played in the campaign at Gallipoli and in the trench warfare of the Western Front. Nothing in their life at home could have prepared them for the carnage and horrors they encountered during their period of service, especially the mass slaughters in the mud of the battle of the Somme.

The events overseas are recounted in parallel with what is happening in their home suburbs: enthusiastic recruiting drives, Red Cross meetings, the despatch of ‘comforts’ to the troops, and petty squabbles about tree planting and the location of a railway crossing. As casualty lists lengthen the mood at home becomes more somber when tragedy strikes many families. The author provides an account of events replicated across Australia: of the 417,000 men sent overseas, 59,258 never returned.

Soft cover, B5, vi + 96 pages, illustrations, maps, index.

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Short Description The immense impact of WWI on two small Sydney suburbs.
Weight (g) 244.0000
Author Tony Cunneen
Publisher Deerubbin Press in association with Hornsby Shire Council
Date Published 2006
ISBN 0075099175
Size 243mm x 168mm

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