Dig­gers hon­oured

New book shares sto­ries of 60 fallen Isis sol­diers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

LO­CAL his­to­rian Max Emery will of­fi­cially launch his new book on Tues­day.

The Childers Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Hall and 210mm How­itzer takes an in-depth look at the 61 Isis sol­diers com­mem­o­rated in Childers’ Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Hall.

It is im­pec­ca­ble tim­ing from the 60-year-old, whose in­ten­tion was for the book to be avail­able to lo­cal school­child­ren be­fore the cen­te­nary of the An­zacs’ Gal­lipoli land­ing.

For Mr Emery it was not only a six-month re­search project. It was more a jour­ney through the lives of mul­ti­ple Isis men who fought for king and coun­try.

Among those men are rel­a­tives of Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt and for­mer Isis Shire mayor Bill Trevor.

“I re­searched full-time for six months,” Mr Emery said.

“Most of it was on­line but it took in all lo­cal memo­ri­als and I used a lot of the war me­mo­rial data­bases (in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial, Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion and the Na­tional Ar­chives).”

Mr Emery de­scribed his re­lief at hav­ing com­pleted the mission be­fore April 25, and said his in­ten­tion was to en­sure all lo­cal schools had a copy.

“It’s al­ways good to have it fin­ished and pub­lished,” Mr Emery said.

Mr Trevor, whose grand­fa­ther’s brother Alexander Trevor is recorded in the book, wrote the fore­word.

“This book is one that has needed to be writ­ten for a long time,” he writes.

“I can re­mem­ber sto­ries from my grand­fa­ther, who told me that it was a bit of an adventure for many who had never been out of the dis­trict.

“They told their mother not to worry as they left; they would teach the Hun a les­son and be back for Christ­mas. How wrong they were, and many of them never re­turned.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PAY­ING RE­SPECTS: Max Emery will launch his new book on April 21. The book tells the his­tory of the 60 Isis sol­diers who are com­mem­o­rated in the Sol­diers' Me­mo­rial Hall in Childers.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PROUD HIS­TORY: Max Emery will launch his new book at the Me­mo­rial Hall at 10am on April 21.

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