The Boy Colonel

Will Davies

In 1914 Douglas Marks went to war a lanky, teenaged bank clerk. He returned a hero: the youngest battalion commander in the AIF, a leader of cool courage and a future captain of industry.

Landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the second day, he remained until the evacuation in December 1915. Marks was at Pozieres, Monquet Farm and Bullecourt on the Somme, and around Ypres on Flanders. Returning to the Somme in early 1918, he fought at Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel and in the Battle of Amiens.

Wounder twice, and much mentioned in despatches, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, made commander of his battalion and decorated with a Military Cross, Distinguished Service Oredr and the Serbian Order of the White Eagle.

Tragically, he drowned while trying to rescue a swimmer at Palm Beach in Sydney in January 1920.

Respected author and historian Will Davies shares Marks' own words and guides us in his footsteps.

Soft cover, photographs, 416 pages.