“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