Reviewed: May 2nd 2016
Review: Frank Nolan
This book tells the story of a family named Eddison and covers the period from World War 1 through to the 1970s. Walter Eddison was an officer in the 56th Batallion A.I.F. who was seriously affected by a gas attack at Villers-Brettoneux, France, in1918. On return to Australia, he took up a post as manager of a property near Cooma, N.S.W. He applied for and was granted a Soldier Settlement Block on a site close to where Parliament House Canberra now stands. Life was not easy but he and his growing family battled through drought and depression before becoming established as a successful farmers.
When World War 2 broke out, all three of the Eddison sons served in the armed forces. Sadly, all died on active service. Thomas served in Bomber Command and was killed in a crash over Europe. Keith Eddison joined the R.A.A.F. and died when his Beaufighter crashed in New Guinea. Jack Eddison served in the A.I.F., was captured by the Japanese, and died in a prisoner of war camp.
This sad story of one Australian family is aptly described by its publisher as “a true story of love, war and the ultimate sacrifice.”