William Swallow was a wayward boy who became a wayward man. Transported as a convict, he became a diligent escaper, but his greatest exploit was when he and some of his fellow convicts commandeered the Cypress
For those with an interest in Australian Military History, this book not only draws one’s interest to the life in the trenches of WW1 and to their sons in WW2 that occurred twenty years later but also ‘larrikinism’ of the Aussie digger abroad during these periods in history.
This book held my interest for its full length with just the right amount of all the emotions depicted. The ups and downs of the men both when serving and on their return to Australia.
A well researched and written book which does not disguise the author’s interest in the Soldier Settlers of Australia and Commonwealth countries. Definitely a good read.
by G. & F. Threlfall
PTSD has been documented throughout history since man first began clubbing each other with rocks. Our understanding of this debilitation has only increased or become more visible in our digital age. In the past, it was seen as a source of shame and embarrassment, not just for those suffering PTSD, but also their families and loved ones. The dark ages are gone we hope. We now strive to understand the effects of war on the minds of our men, women and families.
G.S. Willmott, in his book, has highlighted those who have suffered similar and often the very same symptoms documented throughout the centuries. Garry's mix of documented research and fact, combined with a somewhat personal narrative of each story and sufferer, provides us with a better eye-opening experience of PTSD. The reader can now put two-and-two together and begin to understand their own experiences of their grandfather, father, brother or sister, and how they returned from war, conflict or trauma as 'damaged goods'.
Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this project. Readers will not be disappointed.
Gallipoli Artist and avid Historian