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The incredible biography of Australia's youngest ANZAC, aged just 14.
In the late afternoon of 25 October 1915, a young Australian soldier – Private James Martin, aged only eighteen so his papers said – lay desperately ill with typhoid aboard a hospital ship , anchored of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. He was wracked with fever and his thirst was terrible. 'Water...' Jim Martin pleaded through swollen lips. 'Please... more water....' But his voice was as weak as he was, and at first nobody heard him.
Soldier Boy is the story of the youngest Anzac, who died of typhoid at Gallipoli after only a few months fighting there.
This book opened my eyes to the hardships of WWI and I feel that this book is for mature year sixes to year nines.
Soldier Boy – Anthony Hill
Published by the Penguin Group, 2001
Soldier Boy tells the true story of Jim Martin, the youngest known ANZAC to have fought in World War 1. Jim was just a 14-year-old school boy from Melbourne when he sailed off to war in 1915. Little did he know that just a few weeks after arriving at Gallipoli, he, like many others would be dead.
I found Soldier Boy a really great read as the book is both well written and informative. It’s a great novel for anyone who, like me, enjoys an emotional story with a bit of history. Soldier Boy is a book for all ages and I would recommend it to just about anyone. It is very well told and includes a lot of local history, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think it’s an amazing novel.
An incredible true story that stays with you long after you close the book. It gives you an almost real life glimse into what life was like on the battlefields, and how the soldiers managed to cope with it and still carry on. Although the book has a sad ending, it was great to read a real life story which will hopefully stay alive for generations.