A small group of Queensland's 9th Battalion Anzacs holds the unique honour of being the first ashore at the Gallipoli landing on 25th April, 1915.
For World War 1 Diggers, their identity was a serious, and sometimes contentious matter, of battalion and unit pride.
Today, these 'Original' Anzacs remain a significant part of our Anzac Legend.
This book remembers them and honours their service. Through their life stories, the war experiences of ordinary Australians are intimately revealed.
My interest in the Gallipoli Campaign began as a small boy listening to family stories about my Grandfather, an 'Original' 9th Battalion Anzac who landed with the first wave. Although Private Syd Davies' claim that he was one of the first ashore remains unproven, his stories inspired my research and an engrossing project evolved. Much of the last six years has been spent identifying and recording the war experiences of the 'first ashore'.
My work life has been spent mainly in education. After graduating from the University of Queensland, I worked as a high school teacher in country Queensland. Later, a rewarding career of almost two decades was established as a literacy teacher in Queensland's correctional centres.
As somebody who has a particular interest in the history of The First Ashore at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, this book is the most definitive work that I have had the pleasure of reading. Peter's research has filled in a lot of the gaps and he is to be commended for his efforts
Director of Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum