“Robert’s War is an autobiographical of a Queensland lad who lied about his age to join the army, to wear the uniform, to attract the girls and to emulate his two older brothers who were on active service ‘somewhere’.
But no sooner had he become the youngest soldier in the Australian Army than he volunteered for anti-malaria experiments being carried out by the Army, and spent considerable time in hospitals and convalescence establishments recovering from bouts of malaria and the results of over-stressing his weakened body showing off his swimming and diving prowess in competitions and in front of (mainly disinterested) girls. He spent much time at home on leave, visiting cinemas and dance halls in search of girls and in trailing an older, wilder brother and finding himself in trouble with the military police.
At last, towards the end of the war, he was finally cleared for service. He tricked the officials into permitting him to join the unit of the other brother (who had been discharged on medical grounds) and was sent up to ‘the islands’ where he saw some active service, especially, while on patrol duty, as an Owen gunner and a forward scout. He lost a boxing match that he should have won and was involved in the withdrawal of the Army back to Australia. He spent quite some time on post-war duty with the Army but was finally discharged, ready for his next adventure.”
Illustration: NOT ILLUSTRATED
Availability: In Stock. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia
Publisher: HORIZON PUBLISHING GROUP
Publication date: 05/03/2018
Country of publication: AUSTRALIA
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 210mm X 148mm
Lewis Grant Hutson [Chick] was born on 31 July 1926 in Edinborough, Scotland. He migrated to Australia in 1931 with his family. There, he attended public school at Milla Milla on the Atherton tablelands, and High School in Cairns. After discharge from the Army, he became a qualified Carpenter for some years, before becoming a store man with Government stores in Papua New Guinea.
Retired as a “Superintendent of Stores and Supply”, Lewis returned to Australia in 1954, when he took up an interest in Marine matters, first as a licensed professional fisherman and then as a ships Master in various positions in both commercial and tourist trades. When he retired, Lewis spent many years solo cruising up and down the Queensland coast. Ceased this activity in 2006 and spent many years, writing, editing, rewriting and refining a Novel--- “A Certain Desire”.
Lewis G Hutson. Born 31/7/1926
Enlisted 28/7/1943 (Aged 16 years)
Discharged 28/10/1946 (Aged 19 years).