From Frontier To Frontline: Northern Territorians In The Great War 1914-1918: Norman Cramp

From Frontier to Frontline

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  • Edition: 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780987151964
  • Author: Norman Cramp
  • War: WW1


There were less than 1,000 European adults in the N.T. at the time war broke out, and as many as 300 enlisted – an incredibly high proportion. There is no better N.T. enlistment story than that of the famous Albert Borella, who went on to win the Victoria Cross. He walked 88 miles from Tennant Creek and then borrowed a horse to get to Darwin. He then got transport to Townsville where he enlisted. Such were the typically colourful methods used by young men to enlist from all areas across the N.T.From Frontier to Frontline is a unique record. Indeed, it is the only source naming the NT enlistees in WWI. A brief biography of each man is given, forming a very valuable source of Territorian history.

Other chapters detail 19 gallantry decorations and a roll of honour naming the 67 Territorians who were killed in action or died of illness or wounds. There is also a chapter on the men returning home which includes some rich observations on the social and economic history of Darwin during the war and immediately thereafter.