Major General Brian Dawson joined Echuca Historial Society members for the launch of They Fought the Good Fight.GRAHAM WILLIS August 12, 2014 3:01am
Attending the launch of the book last week were (from left) John Ferris, Dot Hammond, Brian Dawson and Janet Hollingsworth.
Growing up in Rochester, Brian Dawson attended Rochester High School, played football for Rochester and generally enjoyed country life.
Many years later, Mr Dawson found himself travelling to the four corners of the globe, leading Australian armed forces in several theatres.
Returning to the district last week to launch Echuca Historical Society publication, They Fought the Good Fight, Major General Brian Dawson ASM CSC (retired) was thrilled to be back.
Recently returning from Brussels, where he was NATO representative, Major General Dawson will co-ordinate the Australian War Memorial World War I travelling exhibition, visiting regional cities during the next four years.
The book was the work of society members John Ferris and Janet Hollingsworth, who researched letters from the frontline, which appeared in the Riverine Herald.
Mr Ferris said the book showed the change in attitude from the six-bob-a-day tourist going on an overseas adventure to the stark reality of the front.
Major General Dawson said the book featured a chapter on his grandfather and his two brothers who were part of the war effort.
While he knew a bit about his grandfather, the book allowed him to learn more about his extended family.
Major General Dawson said the book marked an important chapter in Australia’s history.
‘‘Men from the district helped forge the Australian identity through the sacrifices made on battlefields in the Middle East and Europe.’’
The book is for sale for $35 and is available from Collins Books in Hare St and Echuca Historical Society museum in Dickson St.
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