Memoirs of an Anzac: A First-Hand Account by an Aif Officer in the First World War

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About the Author
Born in 1883, John Charles Barrie grew up in Victoria. He joined Australia's militia in 1909, and remained an army man his entire life, retiring with the rank of colonel. An officer in the AIF from the start of World War I, Barrie was involved in the landing at Gallipoli, and later served at the Western Front. He was wounded twice during the war. Barrie died in 1957, survived by his wife and daughter. His memoirs have been made available by his granddaughter, Judy Osborne. Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer who has written extensively about the impact on Australia of its involvement in World War I. Dr McMullin's books include his biographies, the award-winning Pompey Elliott and Will Dyson: Australia's radical genius. His most recent book, Farewell, Dear People: biographies of Australia's lost generation, was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History.

"If [Barrie] were a war poet, he would be a bush balladeer, galloping assuredly from one stanza to the next, breathlessly evoking one adventure after another in vivid, syncopated detail...Barrie's book offers a timely reminder that not everyone felt the war was a pointless waste of life. For some men, the war was their reason to live."
--Weekend Australian

"An easy read, combining details of the action with an account of the personal side of the soldier's life both in the trenches and out and a fair amount of humour thrown in...a good way to learn about World War I without feeling bogged down in a history text."
--Weekend Herald

"One of the positive side effects of the excesses of the "centenary of Anzac" will sources giving us fresh insights into a war we thought we knew. John Barrie's memoir of his service on Gallipoli, in Britain and on the western front is, I hope, a harbinger of more to come."
--Peter Stanley, Canberra Times