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Australian Books

In the trenches

20 February 2021

9:00 AM

20 February 2021

9:00 AM

William Holmes, The Soldiers’ General Geoffrey Travers

Big Sky Publishing 2020, pp.447, $34.99

I can hardly recall a more engaging and uplifting biography than this life of Major-General William Holmes, who was killed in action just as the tide began to turn on the Western Front. Had he lived, his claim to command the Australian Army Corps would certainly have rivalled that of Sir John Monash.

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As prime minister Tony Abbott commissioned the Sir John Monash Centre, co-located with the Australian war memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, to commemorate the work of the Ist AIF.

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