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'Who wouldn't be a soldier' : the WWI diaries of Sgt Thomas Arthur Dykes DCM - 23rd Battalion, AIF / [edited and introduction by] AJ McAleer ; [preface by] Elva Cunningham (nee Dykes) ; [foreword by] M P J O'Brien CSC Major General (Ret'd)
Bib ID 7465691
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Dykes, Thomas Arthur, 1883-1952, author
 
Printer [Bayswater, Victoria] : Razer Graphix
Description Traralgon, Vic. : Elva Cunningham, 2017 
216 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 30 cm 
ISBN 9780992399184 (paperback)
Summary

“This memoir chronicles Thomas Arthur Dykes story, from his childhood growing up in country Wangaratta to the working class streets of Abbotsford. At the age of thirty-two, married with four children, he volunteered to serve his country in its hour of need. An original member of the 23rd Battalion, he travelled with his unit from Broadmeadows to Egypt and in typical Digger style he tells it how it was; surviving the sinking of the troopship ‘Southland’ and the harsh conditions and constant dangers in the trenches at Lone Pine until he was evacuated wounded only weeks before the campaign was given up. From here he is thrown into the horrors of the Western Front: from Fleurbaix to the Somme, from Ypres to Flers, until he fell victim to the winter of 1916/17 and trench feet. A year out of the line, he returned for the final push of 1918 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his courage and bravery at Mont St Quentin. But his war wouldn’t end for him with the armistice, it just set him up for the struggles he would have to endure in those decades that followed. If you ever wanted to know what a soldier of the AIF had to endure in the First World War – this will tell you.”--Back cover.

Notes

Includes index.

Subjects Dykes, Thomas Arthur, 1883-1952 -- Diaries.  |  Australia. Army. Battalion, 23rd -- Diaries.  |  World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Australian.  |  Soldiers -- Victoria -- Diaries.  |  Australia -- History, Military -- 1914-1918 -- Biography.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors McAleer, A. J. (Anthony J.), editor, writer of introduction  |  Cunningham, Elva, writer of preface  |  O'Brien, M. P. J., writer of foreword
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'Who wouldn't be a soldier' : the World War One diaries of Sergeant Thomas Arthur Dykes DCM - twenty-third Battalion, AIF

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