Retrace Australia's function within the First global warfare from the trenches of Somme Mud to the broader battle at the Western Front.
Imagine this. you're a nation boy and simply eighteen. The warfare has been raging for 2 years and due to your age, you haven't been eligible for enlistment. your friends, older by way of a couple of months are becoming a member of up and disappearing to the good experience the world over in Europe. and there's ceaselessly speak of the necessity for reinforcements, for males such as you to affix up and aid the Empire, Australia and your pals within the line.
Such was once the case for Edward Francis Lynch, a customary nation boy from Perthville, close to Bathurst. whilst conflict was once declared in early August 1914, he used to be simply 16 and nonetheless in class, yet like a new release of younger men in Australia, there has been anything to end up and a necessity to be there. Will Davies, editor of the bestselling Somme Mud, meticulously tracked Lynch and his battalion's travels; their lengthy course marches to flea ridden billets, into the frontline at such locations as Messines, Dernancourt, Stormy Trench and Villers Bretonneux, to relaxation parts at the back of the strains and eventually, at the nice push to the ultimate victory after August 1918.
In phrases and photographs Davies fills within the gaps in deepest Lynch's tale and during the pursuits of the opposite battalions of the AIF offers effect and context to their plight and achievements. taking a look at those battlefields this present day, the pilgrims who stopover at and people who attend to the land we come to appreciate how the spirit of Australia built and of our enduring function in global politics.