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In the Footsteps of Private Lynch (W Davies)


When war was declared in early August 1914, Edward Francis Lynch was a typical sixteen year old country boy from Perthville, near Bathurst and still at school, but like a generation of young males in Australia, Edward felt there was something to prove and a need to be there. Eventually Lynch enlisted and was able to go and join the overseas adventure he had been forced to observe from home while older friends had already joined.

Will Davies, editor of the bestselling Somme Mud, meticulously tracked Lynch and his battalion's travels; their long route marches to flea ridden billets, into the frontline at such places as Messines, Dernancourt, Stormy Trench and Villers Bretonneux, to rest areas behind the lines and finally, on the great push to the final victory after August 1918. In words and pictures Davies fills in the gaps in Private Lynch's story and through the movements of the other battalions of the AIF provides impact and context to their plight and achievements.

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