Advertiser (Adelaide) Saturday 21/10/2017
Nelson Harold Ferguson enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in July 1915. He was a young art teacher from Ballarat
who joined up to be part of “the adventure of war”.
Serving as a stretcher-bearer on the frontlines in Europe, his adventure rapidly became a nightmare. He returned home in January 1919 suffering debilitating injuries and facing an uncertain future. Later in life, Ferguson founded a stained glass business in Melbourne, earning himself the sobriquet “the glass soldier”.
This book is by Ferguson’s grandson and draws extensively from his wartime diaries and letters.
It’s a story of determination, faith, and love, and a reflection on the tragic human cost of war. Royalties from sales of the book are being donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Reviewed by DIANA CARROLL