Join Lucas Jordan as he discusses the extraordinary feats of the Chipilly Six and the personal stories of these WWI diggers who have, until now, been overlooked.
Book Launch: The Chipilly Six at Readings, Friday 1 September, 6:30pm
Join us to celebrate the launch of Lucas Jordan's The Chipilly Six: unsung heroes of the Great War to be launched by Ross McMullin.
On 9 August 1918, at Chipilly Spur overlooking the Somme River, an entire British Army Corps is held up by German machine gunners.
The battle has raged for 30 hours and more than 2000 men have fallen. Then, two Australian sergeants, Jack Hayes and Harold Andrews, go absent without leave and cross the Somme ahead of British lines. Seeing that the British advance is stopped, they re-cross the river, gather four mates and return to drive the Germans off the spur.
Historian Lucas Jordan weaves a compelling tale of the lives of the soldiers, chronicling their return home and years after service, through a pandemic, the Great Depression, another world war and the very first Anzac Day dawn service.
The Chipilly Six: Lucas Jordan in Conversation with Ross McMullin, Shrine of Remembrance, Wednesday 13 September, 11am
Lucas Jordan will appear in conversation with award-winning historian and biographer Ross McMullin.
Light refreshments will be provided after the talk and copies of The Chipilly Six: Unsung Heroes of the Great War will be available for purchase and signing.
This event is free for Shrine Friends* and volunteers using their discount codes. Booking essential.
Military History and Heritage Victoria online event with Lucas Jordan, Wednesday 18 October, 7pm
The Chipilly Six were extraordinary men in extraordinary times.
Lucas Jordan reveals a wider story of Australia’s Great War veterans as they battled a nation forgetting, a bitter Depression, another World War and beyond.