This is the story of a strong and quietly determined Australian Digger from World War I.When the first official Australian casualty lists of the War were released at the beginning of May 1915, William ‘Willy’ Thompson, from Newcastle, New South Wales, decided to enlist. He was in search of adventure. Willy was allocated to the 30th Battalion of a newly formed brigade in the Australian Imperial Force; he was an 8th Brigade Original.After training in Egypt, Willy’s Brigade fought in the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916, the first major engagement for Australians on the Western Front. Two years later, he was still with the 8th Brigade at the magnificent feat by the 1st Australian Corps at Amiens; Germany’s ‘Black Day’ and the beginning of the end of the War. Willy served as a Driver for his entire time on the Western Front – two years and four months.Willy got the adventure he sought, and more. He survived the heat and flies of Egypt; German snipers, artillery bombardments, gas attacks and raids; and the mud of Flanders and the Somme. From the day of his enlistment until the end of fighting, Willy’s time away from the 8th Brigade amounted to just two weeks.His is a remarkable tale of endurance.
Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Professionals & Academics, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 57 pages
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