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Sir William Glasgow

Soldier, Senator and Diplomat

Authors: Peter Edgar
Rated 4.80 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)
01/Aug/2011
Sir William Glasgow
400
Hardback
9780987057495
$34.99

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“The tragedy of the world is that Australia, although a comparatively young nation, does not lack for heroes, and we make new military heroes regularly in Afghanistan. What we do lack is authors prepared to write about them… I now thank Peter Edgar for giving all Australians the chance to know Sir William Glasgow.” Major General Jim Molan AO, DSC (Rtd)

Sir William Glasgow is the story of an Australian man living in turbulent times. A fascinating and valuable book that tells the story of this once famous figure and covers an enthralling sweep of Australian history from colonial times through nationhood to the end of World War II.

This is the life story of Queenslander and citizen soldier William Glasgow (1876 -1955). Sir William believed that each man must help to defend his country, as a teenager he joined the local mounted infantry military, beginning a military career that would see him knighted for his service.

There are gripping descriptions (supported by maps) of battles from the ‘Boer’ War, Gallipoli and the Western Front. There are scenes of pomp and ceremony in London and Ottawa and humorous incidents of home life in a country town and a grazing property.

Sir William Glasgow met the challenges of three wars head-on and emerged triumphant; his life story reveals much about Australia at war and peace in the first half of the 20th century.

What readers are saying; “Very highly recommended. … The often neglected battle of Dernancourt fought in April 1918 is described in enthralling detail and tells how Glasgow’s Brigade successfully blunted the German offensive. … Peter Edgar has written a fine biography of Glasgow; it is well illustrated with photos and maps, and deserves to be widely read by people interested in military topics and also Australian politics.’ Ron Austin, Mufti, June 2012.

‘The more I get into this masterpiece the better it gets. Without a doubt it is a great contribution to Australian history. … Thanks to you he is an old soldier who will never die.’ Dr John Campbell

‘I began reading it as soon as I was home, and begrudged any interference until I had finished it. I keep returning to special passages to savour again. … your book is a worthy tribute to a great man. … I will go now and read again your telling of Sir William’s return to Australia , a fine piece of writing that I shall always cherish.’ Len Thurecht

Peter Edgar

Peter Edgar

Peter Edgar was educated at Scotch College, Adelaide, and holds a BA (Hons) in history, (special subject military history), from the University of Adelaide and an MA (Hons) in history from the UNSW University College, Australian Defence Force Academy. He has worked in the Commonwealth departments of Immigration, Territories, Trade Practices, Social Services, Prime Minister […]

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5 reviews for Sir William Glasgow

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Canberran Peter Edgar is to be congratulated for his achievement in producing this full biography of one of the -once famous” men who served his country in three wars, notably as a front-line brigadier. The AIF’s “greats” have been abundantly extolled. We probably do not need to know much more about the Monashes, Elliotts and Jac.kas: their positions on the pedestals we have created are pretty secure. But these renowned figures did not shape the AIF, or at least not alone. There were another 14 brigades besides Pompey Elliott’s 15th: how were they forged into a force of unparalleled quality? Enter William Glasgow, the subject of Peter Edgar’s biography, yet another book of quality from Big Sky Publishing, surely now our most prolific publisher of military history. … Big Sky’s publisher Denny Neave is evidently a soft touch for authors claiming that they cannot do justice to their subject in fewer than 400 pages, but he, and especially Peter Edgar, are to be congratulated on this satisfying biography of an Australian commander who deserves to be remembered.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very highly recommended. Peter Edgar has written a fine biography of Glasgow; it is well illustrated with photos and maps, and deserves to be widely read by people interested in military topics and also Australian politics. Very highly recommended. Ron Austin reviewed in Mufti Magazine July edition

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edgar does an excellent job of explaining the different issues with which Glasgow grappled, from troop leader on the Veldt all the way up to divisional commander on the chalk uplands of Picardy. … Following his success [in the brilliant night time recapture of Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April 1918] Glasgow, who had proven to be more dependable and balanced, was promoted over the head of [‘Pompey’] Elliott to command the 1st Division. … The author examines the man and his times, avoiding the propensity to view the past coloured by today’s attitudes and sensibilities. … This is a well-researched, easy to read, solid biography. It will appeal to those interested in the Australian Army during the Great War and those with an interest in the development of Australian foreign relations.’ Dr Robert Stephenson, Research Fellow, UNSW, Australian Army Journal, Volume IX, number 2, winter 2012, p p 132-4.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    ‘I began reading it as soon as I was home, and begrudged any interference until I had finished it. I keep returning to special passages to savour again. … your book is a worthy tribute to a great man. … I will go now and read again your telling of Sir William’s return to Australia , a fine piece of writing that I shall always cherish.’ Len Thurecht,

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    The more I get into this masterpiece the better it gets. Without a doubt it is a great contribution to Australian history. … Thanks to you he is an old soldier who will never die.’ Dr John Campbell,

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