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Rooster: the story of an Australian soldier's experiences in the mud and blood of WW1

W E C Game

Based on the short life of William James Game, a railwayman who volunteered as an Australian soldier during the First World War. Assigned to the furore of the Western Front, and wounded at Le Hamel, ‘Rooster’ as he was known, was captured with a few others at Wolsfbeurg Trench on 4 July 1918. In the early  darkness of the next morning, less than 20 Australian soldiers suddenly sprang from their trench and sprinted straight towards 200 German defenders to retrieve their mates.

The Battle of Le Hamel had been joined by a number of fresh, raw American soldiers. Some refused to obey orders to withdraw and donned Australian tunics to avoid detection. Alongside their new Australian mates they fought and died courageously. Some won honours, including one of the first battlefield Medal of Honour in action surrounding the rescue of Rooster.

More than 2,500 Australians served in the 44th Battalion throughout the First World War. Only 80 survivors walked away from their final battle. Five weeks later the murderous war ended.

Soft cover, photographs, 216 pages.