Soldier Boy


This is a paper back book with black and white photos written by Anthony Hill.

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The true story of Jim Martin – The Youngest Anzac.

On 28 June 1915, young James Martin sailed from Melbourne on the troopship Berrima – bound, ultimately, for Gallipoli.  He was just fourteen years old.

‘Soldier Boy’ is Jim’s extraordinary story, the story of how an inexperienced and enthusiastic school boy became Australia’s youngest known Anzac.

Four months after leaving his home country he would be numbered among the dead, just one of so many soldier boys who travelled halfway around the world for the chance of adventure.

This is, however, just as much the story of Jim’s mother, Amelia Martin.  It is the heart-breaking tale of the mother who had to let him go, of his family who lost a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend.

It is about Amelia’s boy who, like so many others, just wanted to be in on the action.