For Australia, a new nation with a relatively small population, the death of 60,000 soldiers during the First World War was catastrophic. It is hardly surprising then, that Australians evaluating the consequences of the conflict have tended to focus primarily on the numbing number of losses, on the sheer quantity of all those countrymen who did not return.
That there must have been extraordinary individuals among them has been implicitly understood, but these special Australians are less known today. This book seeks to retrieve their stories and to fill the gaps in our collective memory. Farewell, Dear People contains ten extended biographies of young men who exemplified Australia’s gifted lost generation of the First World War.
Soft cover, 600 pages.