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Duty Nobly Done

An extraordinary account of 11 family members in the Great War

Authors: Adam Holloway
(35 customer reviews)
The Great war, Military History
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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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Posted by Duty Nobly Done – By Adam Holloway 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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35 reviews for Duty Nobly Done

  1. 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. 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.


  3. (verified owner)

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

  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  22. This has to be one of the best books I have read. The author’s style kept me enthralled from the first page. It really was hard to put down. It is obvious that a huge amount of research has gone into this work. I felt I was actually there with these 11 men as they faced the greatest challenges that human beings have had to undertake. The powerful narrative brought out strong emotions as each of them played out their part in the absolute horror of the Great War. This is not another book about World War I strategies, tactics and battles. It is the journey of 11 men; from the excitement of enlisting through to the realisation that there is no glamour in war. After their first taste of action it soon became clear that mateship is the only thing that is going to give them the courage to endure the relentless shelling and to charge the machine guns again. Highly recommended.

  23. The research that has gone into this book is simply impeccable and really shows throughout the novel! Holloway has created an enthralling recount of the atrocities of war – in no way glamorising the realities of what occurred. The writing style flows naturally and the imagery utilised throughout each chapter is both vivid and haunting. This is not only a book for those interested in the military; this is a book for anyone interested in reading about the power of mateship and the complexities of human emotion in the face of insurmountable challenges! I can’t recommend ‘Duty Nobly Done’ highly enough!

  24. Adam Holloway has thoroughly researched an incredible amount of material to produce a highly detailed account of the eleven members of his forebears’ participation in the Great War. Holloway has used his talent with prose to put the well- and accurately-described actions into context for the reader. An interesting collection of high-quality family photographs has been imbedded in the text. A most enjoyable, readable and amazing account of one ‘dynasty’s’ contribution to Australia in its time of turmoil.

  25. This is a remarkable book. Dedication to scholarship and research had doggedly followed and recorded the footsteps of 11 family members throughout the Great War. If history is bringing the past into the present, then Adam Holloway has certainly done this in “Duty Nobly Done”.
    What sets this book apart is that these are the stories of ordinary men and they served in the ranks (one refused a commission). This is not the fabled history of great men, great battles, of captains and kings. Instead here the reader can picture the day to day activities as the men struggled to attend to the tasks in hand. It tells much of what happened in a war a century ago, but at the same time assists our comprehension of that time now a distant memory.
    To his credit the author has been able to transcribe the larger battles, Somme, Pozieres, Hamel etc. to describe where the various family members, and their battalions, were located as the war progressed.
    Duty Nobly Done is a tour de force in a wartime family history.

  26. The author has pulled off a difficult feat – turning dust, bones and ephemeral memory into the immediacy and reality of war, in this case the Front Lines of The Great War. This isn’t my normal reading, btw – it forms part of my research for my own projects, but Holloway has done what few really manage to pull off – a seamless, readable and gripping set of accounts of young men put through the meat-grinder of war.

    Holloway’s depth of research is impressive, but his real trick is to turn that into prose that puts the reader right in the action; able to visualise and feel the action.

    Any good book on war is clear about why young men sign up, and why the hardships and horrors visited upon them – and their poor families – cripple them for life, even when the survivors go on to live a ‘normal’ life of family, friends and community. Following the end of ‘the war to end all wars’, Holloway gives us brief entree to the ‘second’ lives of his survivors, and how they made out – this too gives weight to Duty Nobly Done.

    The phrase ‘lest we forget’ comes easily to the lips, and can be a sentimental throwaway that ignores the deeper issues of war. Holloway has paid real service to not forgetting by investing impressive effort to get this project right. Credit and congratulations to him and his collaborators and editors.

  27. I have just finished the book and Adam has done an excellent job. And it is an excellent read. It certainly showed what they went through and how. Also I have been to a lot of the towns mentioned. It gives a big light on what they lived with on returning. And also gives an understanding of even my father who served in PNG. He never mentioned anything; only his ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel’ who use to get fruit for Dad to keep him alive.

  28. When I read “Duty Nobly Done”, by Adam Holloway, I was extremely impressed by the historical accuracy, meticulous research, and moving dialogue of the work. Surely, I thought, this has to rate in importance alongside of works of Charles Bean, and Albert Facey, as among the more important Australian works on the First World War. Holloway does not spare us the dreadful nature of war, but he does give us the occasional smile. Holloway has published one of the best researched works on Australians in World War 1, which will probably go down in Australian history for years to come, as one of Australia’s more important works on our history in the conflict of World War 1.

  29. Dear Adam,
    I have just read your excellent WW1 epistle. I had never known what absolute terrible conditions our Australian Forces faced.
    My father was a WW1 digger and I followed his same path in WW2.
    I was only about 12 years old when my Father died of cancer caused by the German’s use of chlorine and mustard gas on the Somme, where at that time the Somme was the field of action … a place where my Dad was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the battlefield.
    Prior to his death I was much too young that I could have discussed the war with him in detail, or have an adult conversation with him to understand what he went through under such horrendous conditions.
    Your book has been extremely enlightening to me and your ability to decisively depict the horrendous conditions our Forces had to face, just outstanding.
    Your book should be read by all Australians in order they be aware of the diabolical conditions our Forces had to face.
    Congratulations on a marvellous book on Australian history, in some of its darkest hours. You should be very proud of your wonderful effort.
    Warm Regards,
    Denis ‘Danny’ O’Connor (NX172338)

  30. Okay, now I can breathe again properly. I have never experienced anything quite like this where the writing is so vivid and immediate that you realise you are literally holding your breath. The Great War comes alive in Duty Nobly Done where you will meet, invest in and follow 11 young men and their mates through the horrors of battle and moments of hope and despair. When I picked this up in the local QBD I thought this might be the usual family memoir where it lists the events of a few servicemen gleaned from official records and history books; not the case. From reading the first pages in the store it became clear that this was so much more. I was there with them 100 years ago, and could smell the sea air, hear the bullets, and felt my pulse quicken when death beckoned. I bought it immediately and read it inside five days.
    This is essential reading for all Australians as it goes beyond the usual ANZAC lore and not only engages and entertains, but educates and enlightens. I learned of so many other battles beyond Gallipoli and Villers Bretonneux and the triumphs and tragedies that the Australians were involved in. It is so well written that despite the harrowing (at times] content, it is easy to read. If I put it down momentarily, it was due to emotional fatigue, not through a lack of desire to continue. Don’t misunderstand; this is not gratuitous or embellished violence (quite often understated actually), but you become so heavily invested in their lives that it is upsetting to see them hurting and inevitably, lost. Even so, there are also a number of occasions I caught myself smiling or even having a laugh. They really are such good blokes that I was genuinely sorry when I finished the book.
    Duty Nobly Done is a tremendous overview of the war told through the experiences of these 11 young men. Congratulations to Adam Holloway for a magnificent effort. His extensive research is obvious and the writing superb as a result. I truly hope he receives the attention this book so richly deserves.

  31. I read this book, which was so well written and researched. Following that reading we visited the battlefields and reflected how accurately “Duty Nobly Done” was written. Adam’s writing style is engaging and easy to to follow, and the suspense he creates as you follow the 11 family members as they sign up and go to the battle front is quite compelling. A sobering enthralling book.

  32. A really tremendous book. Well written and clearly well researched. I think this should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in not only understanding what the ANZACs went through, but anyone who loves a great read. 5 stars.

  33. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is a really wonderful story and the 11 boys certainly become cherished and loved as the story progresses.
    This is also a book that describes a period in history with all its attitudes and values and all that it holds sacred. We are now so far removed from that period we can only imagine what it was like to have lived then. Holloway’s book successfully recreates this period and, for that reason alone, it is important.
    The action scenes are good. It is difficult to skirt the issue of violence in war, but in this book, the battle scenes were not overdone and certainly not glorifying or too triumphal.
    Holloway has handled a very complex narrative particularly well. Many of the poignant scenes he creates are simply heart-rending. I had thought I was beyond a tear or two, having read so many books about beautiful young men lost in war, but it seems not.
    Well done.

  34. This is an amazing book, really well done by the author. I have been to the Western Front and I had no trouble picturing where I had been when I read this story. The writing is very good and even though you know about how the battles go, it really builds suspense as you never know how each of the boys will fare. Thoroughly recommend it.

  35. In the last few years I have read a number of books on World War I given the recent Centenary commemorations. Even after reading all the facts and figures it still never seemed quite real. I read a couple of books which essentially were family memoirs where the author/editor had transcribed letters, diary entries and postcards. These were interesting and insightful, but were a bit repetitive and were occasionally interjected with comments from the author/editor that were either clichés or directly taken from Bean’s official history. On occasion it was quite jarring to be reading a letter about leave in London, training and going to the Front, then in the next paragraph, the author/editor interjected with non-related comments of entrails hanging from barbed wire at Bullecourt because of the ‘bungling British Generals’.
    This was not the case with Duty Nobly Done by Adam Holloway. The book was recommended to me by a friend and I’m glad they did. This is an amazing family story, but is so much more than a memoir. It brings to life virtually the entire history of the Australians in the Great War (Gallipoli and the Western Front). It is a wonderful achievement and a credit to the author for what could only be described as painstaking research to ensure historical accuracy, a sense of immediacy and vivid depiction of what life must have been like beyond the facts and figures. It really is the story of the ordinary soldiers. In contrast to the books I spoke of above, the Duty Nobly Done battle scenes at Bullecourt were vivid, but not overdone, and certainly in context.
    Thank you for a wonderful and memorable read.

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