Major Fitz-Gerald and the Matter of War: An Anzac Archive

John Scheckter ’74
Australian Scholarly Publishing, August 2021

In 1915, Maj. Richard Francis Fitz-Gerald was the last Australian to leave an exposed position at Gallipoli, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He went on to serve on the Western Front throughout World War I. Everywhere he was posted, often while in danger, he collected materials that marked his experience. Major Fitz-Gerald and the Matter of War personalizes the difficult position of a front-line officer by closely examining the things he carried, collected, and preserved for the rest of his life.