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Duty Nobly Done

An extraordinary account of 11 family members in the Great War

Authors: Adam Holloway
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)
01/Nov/2018
The Great war, Military History
528
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9781925675832
$34.99

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This is the extraordinary true story of 11 young Australian men from one extended family and their experiences in the great adventure that would change their lives — the Great War.

Author Adam Holloway, a direct descendant, takes the reader into the lives of each of these men as they embark on a journey from which they are unlikely to return. These were young, confident men who revelled in the brash optimism of a young nation. They were desperate to prove
themselves, eager to assert the justice of their cause and keen for a taste of the excitement and comradeship of battle. They were not expecting to be plunged into a lingering nightmare characterised by the stench of death and putrefaction, overwhelming fear and despair, and the gnawing uncertainty of survival.

Holloway uses personal letters, diaries and family memories to deftly recreate the nail-biting tension as each man experiences his own baptism of fire amid the utter horror of the sights and sounds of battle. From the craggy cliffs of Gallipoli to the insatiable maw of the Western Front, these brothers and cousins step forward to take their turn in a procession of courage, each determined to do his duty and to look after his battalion brothers.

This is a story that portrays the Great War on a personal level, describing in remarkable detail how it felt to fight in the worst conflict the world had known, a conflict that would change these young men and Australian society forever.

 

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Meet the 11 young Australians at the centre of the story – Duty Nobly Done.Frank Holloway;Ernest Holloway;Henry Holloway:Bill Holloway;Arthur Miscamble;Ernest MIscamble;Hilton Brooks;Ernest Brooks;Eddie Holloway;Alf Holloway; andEric Holloway.

Posted by Duty Nobly Done on Friday, 7 September 2018

Adam Holloway

Adam Holloway

Adam Holloway has been an avid student of Australian military history from an early age, and has a particular interest in the First World War. He is the proud great-grandson of an Anzac and an equally proud son of a Vietnam veteran. The stories of 10 other Great War relatives fuelled a commitment to honour […]

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21 reviews for Duty Nobly Done

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This book is a testament to its author. As I read it, I often had to remind myself it was not entirely written by one (or several) of the gentleman in the story themselves. The ‘boys’ in this story, I daresay, would be extremely proud of the author and his dedication to thorough research and respect when telling the story of his ancestors. As for the author, I can only imagine how proud he is of them.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Since learning about the journey that Adam has been on to write his novel, ‘Duty Nobly Done’, I had been looking forward to its release with much anticipation. It arrived by post, and four days later, after some dedicated reading time in and around my other responsibilities, I was finished.

    As I read, I was captivated by the stories of the eleven courageous men who responded to the call for service and for whom life would never be the same again. Adam has creatively woven together the individual stories of the eleven brothers and cousins, leaving the reader in a constant state of curiosity and anticipation. There are moments of rejoicing and moments of intense sadness. Having visited both Gallipoli and the Western Front, I was able to make strong visual connections to the setting, as Adam so skilfully used descriptive and figurative language to place the reader on the battlefields. You will find yourself reaching for a map as you pull together all the parts of the story. The characters have been shaped to form strong connections with the reader and a desire for them all to return home safe and well after the war has ended. Each of the men is a hero with an individual story to tell, while united by their shared experiences in the Great War.

    I highly recommend the novel ‘Duty Noble Done’ to anyone who wants to gain a deeper appreciation of Australian History, in particular, our involvement in WW1. The people of Northern France are so fond of Australians, and credit the Australian troops, and the strategic work of General Monash, with the eventual success of forcing the Germans to surrender on the Western Front. Although predominantly about the eleven brothers and cousins, this novel honours all Australian soldiers who were involved in the Great War. It is a well-researched and well-written piece of literature.

    Congratulations, Adam on your tireless work to honour these men.

    Karen

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Excellent! I did not want to put the book down, I just wanted to keep reading it. Bloody good author.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have read quite a few military history books over the years, but nothing quite like Duty Nobly Done. This really is a wonderful book. Adam Holloway really captures the social experiences as well as the war time drama from a century ago. The true story of these 11 young men is beautifully woven together against the back drop of the Great War. He succeeds in bringing them to life, and you really do feel as though you are with them. The vivid detail and tragic circumstances clutch at the heart on many occasions. It was not uncommon for a lump to form in the throat as tears rolled down one’s cheeks. In presenting a story that spans the time line of the Great War, it is clear that he has done tremendous research, which is a credit to his patience and diligence. The battle scenes are thrilling and wonderfully crafted so that you can picture every trench, strand of wicked barbed wire and the endless sea of mud and desolation. Even so, it is not gratuitous and is respectfully understated, leaving the reader to ponder. This is not just another ‘war book’ by prolific and verbose authors, it is a living work, with a heart beat. I cannot recommend a book more highly than this – well done Adam Holloway.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    As a keen collector of militaria and having a Grandfather who served in the Aust. 2nd Light Horse & Camel Corp during WW1, I have read many a stirring tale of young men searching for adventure and a means to demonstrate their deep pride in the newly founded ‘Commonwealth of Australia’. In his book, Duty Nobly Done, author Adam Holloway has encapsulated all that and so much more. Adam’s simple, yet detailed narrative intertwines the lives of 11 brothers and cousins, from a soon to vanish innocent world, as they answer the call to arms and smash head on into the barbarism that was WW1. Adam never glosses over the hardships and privation that war produces, or the devastation it brings to family, friend and foe alike. But nor does he ever overshadow the close bonds of brotherhood, or the unconditional loyalty between soldiers that can only be found on the battlefield. Adam Holloway has written a fine account that will leave you with a sense of ‘Having been there with the boys going over the top’; and also the sorrow ‘when a mate gets hit’. The title of his books speaks well of his forebears, and it acknowledges too the work Adam has given us. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a ‘damn good read’, and especially to those seeking to understand what it is our Military personnel (from WW1 to the present), and their families live with. Thank you Adam .

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Your book has been a truly brilliant read taking me and others into the lives of your eleven relatives in “Duty Nobly Done”. This book has enlightened me so much more about the terrible horrors of War and life at home after war. My uncle John David Irwin also enlisted from Roma. As I turned the pages and read about those eleven brave men In the trenches and so many others on the western front I could not help feeling my Uncle ‘s presence. Congratulations once again Adam as “Duty Nobly Done” is a most brilliant account of your eleven family members . So very glad this story has been told .

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just finished reading my personally signed copy of Duty Nobly Done over the weekend. The book made me think about sacrifice, mateship and the enduring, insidious effects of war. The part about the “successful” operation of the allied tanks sent a shiver down my spine. I was mostly moved by the Epilogue. Adam has done an amazing job – the details, the research, the way he has been able to craft a story out of this, is commendable and admirable. Thanks so much for your (and your family’s) time and effort in putting this book together. I pray that this story changes lives.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Well what an epic read, it took me longer than it should having to often refer to the extended family tree and maps of the various battlefields. As a Holloway descendant, it was a story I needed to know and to understand the commitment to duty of these young men who knowingly risked their lives in atrocious conditions in a war on the other side of the world with devastating consequences both during and after.
    I was 12 years old when my grandfather died, I knew he was injured in the war but never knew the details, the family never discussed the subject in my presence, nor did I ask. It is something you seek as you get older. Adam has through his research and writing provided the information that was missing in a very descriptive and historically accurate account.
    Well done and thank you.
    Geoff H

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a brilliant, debut, tour-de-force by a young Queensland author.
    The Great War experiences of 11 First AIF Anzacs — all related and mostly from Queensland’s Roma district — have been memorialised and brought to life through extraordinarily deft writing and narrative aplomb.
    This is a page-turner that hints at the sacrifice, honour, humour, setbacks, exhilaration and dread all who enlisted in the “War to End All Wars” knew, but never had the chance to set down on paper.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I absolutely loved it and I have to congratulate Adam on the way he made those people come alive during my read. It’s a story that would relate to so many Aussies families of the time and he must be extremely proud of his family’s efforts. Being a Mitchell boy, there were so many family names mentioned in the book that I got to know growing up .. like Miscamble, Bassett, Flynn and others. Alex Blair was a Mitchell boy and I knew his brother. There were so many other things in the book that resonated with me, For example I am also a Toowoomba Grammar School Old Boy, my uncle Alan also went over on the ‘Omrah’ and so many other things. A great read.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have just finished reading “Duty Nobly Done – an extraordinary account of 11 family members in the Great War” by Adam Holloway. This book was launched on November 11th 2018 the 100th Anniversary of Armistice (Remembrance) Day.

    If ever someone wanted to read a first hand account of what it was like to be there fighting in the trenches with you mates and comrades, with the stark reality of what these men confronted including the sights, sounds and smells of the true horror of war then this book is for you.

    Adam Holloway has been able to brilliantly weave these 11 family members stories into this war in an incredible way. He shows the true courage and humanity of these men and the roller coaster of emotions they went through as they kept in contact through letters from love ones at home and enlisted on the battlefield with them.

    This was the first time I have really realised what this war was like for each of these men who represented their King and country and who ended up fighting for the bond they had with each other.

    Adam Holloway is a direct descendant of these 11 family members and what he has achieved is truly extraordinary in his first book. He has created a living family tree for his own family so that these men will not be forgotten. He has also created a rich piece of Australian Military History which many Australian families who have links to the Great War will truly appreciate. Current and past serving Australian service men and women will truly appreciate the courage, sacrifice and tenacity of those who gone before them. It will also help people like me to grasp and further comprehend the reality of this Great War.

    I can envision “Duty Nobly Done” becoming compulsory High School reading and even a movie or a mini-series. Thank you Adam Holloway for the way you have made this important story come to life. I imagine there will be many people who truly appreciate you for having done so.

    Lest We Forget their true courage and sacrifice.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a great interest in Military History, and knew Adam Holloway was a great researcher, but I was astounded at the quality of his story telling. The way Adam wrapped the story around 11 people drew you in, and this linked it to major battles and the progress of the war through 1914-1918. You could feel yourself willing “the boys” on, hoping they would get through each battle. It gives an insight how small country towns made such a great sacrifice in sending their sons to the other side of the world.
    I would have expected a book of this calibre to come from a seasoned author. Adam, congratulations on you first book, it is a cracker.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Duty Nobly Done is the first book by Adam Holloway and he is to be congratulated for a fine effort. In Duty Nobly Done, Holloway brings to life the experiences of eleven family members, including his paternal grandfather, during the Great War. He has done extensive research of personal diaries, official records and family stories to piece together a highly readable account of the lives of these young men in Turkey, Egypt, France, Belgium and Britain. For the eight survivors, he brings them home and tells us something of their transition to “normal life” which, of course, would never be normal again. He uses the Epilogue to briefly describe their lives after the War.
    Adam Holloway is to be congratulated for the matter-or-fact way that he depicts these men. While the love and respect that he has for his relatives is obvious, he has not tried to lionise them into Aussie super-heroes. The hardships they endured and the battles they fought, the wounds they endured and the losses they suffered don’t need exaggeration. Holloway doesn’t try to overlay the account with a strategic framework of the Western Front, he tells the story always through the eyes of the soldiers, their relatives and their friends.
    Readers who are familiar with their Great War history will recognise Messines Ridge, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge, The Spring Offensives, Hamel and the Hundred Days. These battles are seen through soldiers’ eyes, not described as a lesson in military history. Conversely, he uses literary licence to create dialogue, express fear, regret, and rage, as this family of boys becomes veterans of the Western Front and he shares those emotions with the reader.
    At 528 pages, Duty Nobly Done is a hefty read but worth the effort. I did have some difficulty in keeping track of all the characters as they all seemed to be name Albert, Alf or Ernie, but Adam can’t be held responsible for the naming practices on the late 19th century. There is a very useful family tree at the introduction that I referred to often to keep abreast of who was who.
    Overall a great read and valuable addition to the bookshelf for anyone with an interest in World War 1.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was wondering if you could pass on to Adam Holloway that I have just finished reading Duty Nobly Done and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great read, hard to put down, and made all the better with having earlier family included. We don’t know how lucky we are, thanks to the 11 family members and all the men that helped keep us safe, then and now.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have read many books on WW1 – and Adam really knows his stuff. His book was excellent and a credit to him. It truly brought home the tragedy and madness that was WW1. It’s interesting how we drive through so many country towns in Australia and without exception there’ll be a monument in or near the centre dedicated to the casualties of the Great War. I guess we just look at it and the names mean nothing. Not so having read this book. I’ll go out to Roma etc one day and see it all in a new light.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Duty Nobly Done is a fantastic read as evidenced by the enormous amount of research. The reality of the 11 men and their experiences was brought to life by following each of their stories. Their lives mesh together as so many families must have done during that terrible time in our history. This story must be a reflection of so many other family histories of that era. What stands out is the matter of fact way that death occurred to them and their friends. No movie could portray what Adam has described and becomes so vivid in the reader’s mind. You can become so engrossed in the harsh events of war that you replay them over and over in your mind both when awake and in your dreams. The photos, the family tree and the epilogue added depth to stories of these 11 fine men. Congratulations Adam.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    A great read! I have just finished Duty Nobly Done, such a power book – I felt as though I was in the trenches with ‘the boys’. Very well written and detailed, absolutely inspirational! Well done Adam and family. I loved the whole book for different reasons , Frank was very memorable but , then Chick went through so much and I was really impressed by his courage. Really enjoyed reading the book , I learnt quite a bit I was not aware of like the two times they asked for conscription in Australia etc . To be honest I’m a little sad I’ve finished it. Duty Nobly Done is not just about the history of WW1. It’s an in-depth personal story on how one family was impacted before, during and after the Great War; a legacy that continues to this day. It’s a story of integrity, courage and tenacity against impossible odds. A poignant story which captures so much more than most historical war stories, exceptional!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m really not much of a reader, but I do enjoy collecting various militaria. I have some First World War items and I thought I knew something about ANZAC and the Australians in the Great War. Well, I knuckled down and read a chapter of Duty Nobly Done just about everyday over a month. Then I found out how little I actually knew. I learned so much and it really brought home all the tragedy of war. I have to say that it was easy to read and held my attention to the last page. I got to know all the boys and found myself willing them to safety, but on more than one occasion, it wasn’t to be. Adam Holloway has done an amazing job in bringing it all to life. Even now I can remember numerous episodes from the book as he has written so vividly. This book is for anyone who loves a well written story.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    My father is a Vietnam veteran and I never really understood why he was the way he was when I was growing up. We never really got on as he was difficult to live with and he drank a lot. He was never abusive, just a real pain with family gatherings – he ruined many birthdays and Christmases with his bad moods and such. I could never talk with him and I guess I resented him. Whether I didn’t try to understand or it was too hard, we just grew apart.
    Then I read Duty Nobly Done (a friend had recommended it). It isn’t about Vietnam, but something about the way it is written really struck me and I began to understand some of the things my Dad was probably going through. It made me sad to think what these poor men, men like my father, had gone through and were expected to come back and be normal.
    This ANZAC Day was different and for the first time I really felt a connection with Dad and we had one of the best conversations we have ever had. It was really amazing to see the look in his eye; that his daughter was understanding him and I think we had a break through.
    Thank you Adam; not only for the amazing job you have done in bringing your relatives to life so vividly, but by providing an opportunity for others to learn and understand the terrible effects of war on their loved ones.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow wow wow. What an incredibly inspiring read. I enjoyed every word of this epic journey thru the eyes of a family who like many others fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that those who followed could be free. From the very opening of the book I was enthralled. From Frank rowing into the shore of Gallipoli to the last shot fired on 11.11.18 I was on the edge of my seat. What made it stand out from any other book was its real and raw account of war thru the eyes of a family. It’s something many of us can relate to and need to be reminded of. We are FREE because of these great people. How different our world would be without them. Duty Nobly Done to Frank and the others and Duty Nobly Done to the fine author who manages to capture the imagination of the audience as he describes in intricate detail the struggles and triumphs of this wonderful family. Lest We forget folks. Read this book and u most certainly won’t. God Bless Australia and those who’s sacrifices have kept us free.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve just about finished reading Duty Nobly Done and it one of the best examples I’ve ever read on the lives of ordinary soldiers, their service and the lasting effects (mental and physical) on them and impacts on their families. I think it is an excellent depiction on the effects of war – one we could all learn form.

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