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The Man the Anzacs Revered

Daniel Reynaud

The Man the Anzacs Revered

Daniel Reynaud

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This is the story of William McKenzie, whose tireless work as a Salvation Army chaplain among the Anzacs in World War I earned him the nickname 'Fighting Mac'. Though he spoke out against booze, brothels, betting, and bad language - favourite vices of the troops - he was much loved and respected.

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This is the story of William McKenzie, whose tireless work as a Salvation Army chaplain among the Anzacs in World War I earned him the nickname 'Fighting Mac'. Though he spoke out against booze, brothels, betting, and bad language - favourite vices of the troops - he was much loved and respected.
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William McKenzie was once one of the most famous of the Anzacs, a legend for his work on Gallipoli and in France. McKenzie was a Salvation Army Chaplain, a species of non-combatant officer usually held in low esteem. He railed against booze, brothels, betting and bad language. Yet he was revered by the soldiers-and by many on the home front as well.
- Publisher

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4 stars By Julie, Oct 08 2015
Daniel Reynaud has written a scholarly, yet very readable account of the life of William McKenzie, a First World War Salvation Army chaplain. The emphasis is on McKenzie's war service but also touches on his early and later life. The book is well referenced and includes a bibliography and index as well as footnotes. McKenzie was a singular 'larger than life' man who was able to connect to the everyday soldier, breaking down barriers of scepticism with his community building through music and concerts, compassion shown through writing letters to loved ones of soldiers who had lost their lives and practical participation as a stretcher bearer alongside the men on the battlefield. I found it enlightening to see what a pivotal role this man played, including his advocacy for returned soldiers throughout his life. Highly recommended.
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well worth reading
4 stars By Lynne Stringer, May 07 2015
This biography on Fighting Mac, the legendary Salvation Army chaplain who worked with the ANZACs in World War I, was a little slow at the start. It did a lot of scene setting; perhaps a little more than was necessary. However, it soon settled into a nice rhythm and was enjoyable and well researched. It differentiated between those stories about Fighting Mac for which there was reliable evidence and those that had clearly been embroidered for greater effect. It was gripping, particularly in the accounts of the battles, and well worth reading, especially as we come up to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing which introduced the ANZAC legend. 
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  • Catalogue Code 418117
  • Product Code 9781925044164
  • ISBN 1925044165
  • EAN 9781925044164
  • Pages 262
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Signs Publishing Company
  • Publication Date Feb 2015
  • Sales Rank #91647
  • Dimensions 210 x 150 mm
  • Weight 0.391kg

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