In my last post I wrote about a Coburg man who deserted. There were others, of course. And there were others still who committed crimes and were sentenced to long gaol terms, some of which they completed on their return to Australia.
Historian Peter Stanley has written a book about those Australians who did not live up to the Aussie digger as hero image (and there were many of them) and if you want to get a more balanced view of what life was like for our soldiers at war, I can highly recommend it. It was published in 2010 by Murdoch Books and you’ll probably be able to find it through your local library service.