New book shares stories of 60 fallen Isis soldiers
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.”
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.
PROUD HISTORY: Max Emery will launch his new book at the Memorial Hall at 10am on April 21.