When British Secretary for War, Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, sent out an urgent plea to Australia for 100 doctors to come to Europe, volunteers rushed to join. Many were still in their final year at university so exams were brought forward. Most were born in Australia the others were born in New Zealand, England, Fiji. They sailed 1st Class feted as heroes but one said, "Rubbish, we went for the adventure". They became ancestors of a long line of doctors who still serve the international community. 100 young men and 100 spell-binding stories. The darkest hours bring forth the brightest achievements!
A coffee table book and heirloom you and your family will enjoy for generations, 554 pages and over 250 images, several unpublished war diaries, letters and postwar memoirs. Includes their parents, grandparents, spouses and children; World War 1 & II service. Three were knighted, 7 died during the war, 5 committed suicide, many married nurses. They served with the Australian, Canadian and British Armies, Navy and Air Force. One was forced to serve Nazis during WW2 and another captured by the Japanese in Singapore spending 4 years at Changi POW camp.
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-1918 website
The Long, Long Trail - a wonderful resource, particularly the thousands of subscribers / volunteers on their forum:
SPONSORS include the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists and the Australian Medical Association.
KITCHENER'S 100 -- SUPPORTINGMATES 4 MATESan RSL INITIATIVE for returned service people with disabilities
The expected shipping date is mid December 2015.
Thank you to those who placed advance orders. Unfortunately due to the cost of printing in Australia, the 66% on unit sales taken by book distributors, and worse still the exorbitant cost of postage from Australia (over $60 to send one book overseas) plus packaging, the cost of this 560p book is now $120 plus $20 P&H (within Australia). Please note that I am currently organizing print-on-demand services for overseas orders rather than posting from Australia. If you would like to be on the mailing list as this information comes to hand, please email me via one of the addresses below. The book will also be available as an ebook.