Battle Scarred - the 47th Battalion in the First World War

Craig Deayton

In 2003 Craig Deayton came across the unpublished memoirs of a Tasmanian soldier who had served in the 47th Battalion, AIF. Vividly written, the memoirs included highly interesting accounts of their battles at Pozieres, Monquet Farm, the Somme, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele, Dernancourt and Amiens. Discovering that no battalion history existed for this unit, Craig applied for a grant from the Australian Army History Unit to conduct research, and travelled to Europe to trek across the former battlefields of the 47th Battalion in France and Belgium. To assist with his research he sought contact with the families of veterans. His early investigations revealed the fascinating, untold story of a particularly ill-starred battalion which had fought in some of the bloodiest battles and became one of the first disbanded due to heavy casualties and lack of reinforcements.  At the end of the war the soldiers of the 47th gathered for one final photograph - 73 men were left.

Hard cover, photographs, 432 pages.