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Harry Willey. Scone's Fallen Anzacs.

Harry Willey. Scone's Fallen Anzacs, 2005 revised 2006, ISBN : 0-9758264-0-9, perfect bound, includes over 200 b/w photographs, bibliography, index, table of contents, 214 p., $29.95 plus $10 postage. From Harry Willey, PO Box 551, SCONE NSW 2337 (Cheques to Harry Willey)

Scone's Fallen Anzacs commemorates one hundred and four men from the Scone District of New South Wales who died during World War I. Harry Willey, an experienced writer of military history biographies, particularly VC recipients which is how I first met him, has written a well researched and comprehensive biography on each district man who died in World War I.

Nearly every biography has a photograph of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemoration for each man. Many entries have photographs of the soldier.

Many town and districts have produced similar commemorative books for the fallen of their district. Scone's Fallen Anzacs is one of the best researched and best produced such publications that I have seen. Nearly all entries indicate that more than service records have been accessed and in many case relatives have supplied material that is being presented for the first time.

I was amazed at the photograph of the gravestone for 3011 Corporal Stratford George Bird of the 34th Battalion who was killed in action at the pivotal Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918. As Harry Willey notes, the Commonwealth War Graves database still incorrectly records that Corporal Bird was awarded the Military Medal. The error was not caught before the original register went to print and so when the registers were scanned to create the present database the error persisted. However the photograph of his grave indicates that the post nominal MM has been correctly removed from the gravestone leaving the name off centre.

This is a polished work and will be of great interest to anyone interested in World War I, or who have roots in the Scone district. If you are thinking of doing a similar work for your own district you will find this to be an excellent model.
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Date:Dec 1, 2006
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