In one of the early chapters of KILLING KITCHENER, I describe a drunken farewell to the battlefields – as the last of the Australians and New Zealanders evacuate the bloody Gallipoli peninsula in December 1915.

When you read that chapter of the novel, you might imagine it's entirely fictional .

It's not.

While Thomas and Snow are made-up characters, they're also composites of many of the World War One veterans I interviewed. 

Here's how one of them, 'HARRY' BENSON, a stretcher bearer with the 5th Field AIF Ambulance, described the rum way he left Gallipoli:

 

A Rum Yarn from the Battlefield

Harry Benson - Unknown Artist
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'Harry' Benson, featured in my documentary  'Stories from Gallipoli,' courtesy of ABC

WW1 Map 1915 by G. F. Morrell, showing the Gallipoli peninsula and the west coast of Turkey