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The glass soldier : not all of him shall die

Author: Donald J Farrands
Publisher: Newport, NSW : Big Sky Publishing, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the true story of a young Australian soldier whose life of opportunity was challenged by trauma and salvaged by strength. Nelson Ferguson, from Ballarat, was a stretcher-bearer on the Western Front in France in World War I. He survived the dangers of stretcher-bearing in some of Australia's most horrific battles: the Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres and Villers-Bretonneux. In April 1918, at Villers-Bretonneux, he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Personal narratives
Military history
Biography
Named Person: Nelson Harold Ferguson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald J Farrands
ISBN: 9781925520538 1925520536
OCLC Number: 1000315719
Description: 393 pages : 1 illustration ; 24 cm
Contents: A note on the war diaries and Bible --
A note on Nelson's journey to war and back --
Part I: Towards war --
Part II: In war --
Part III: Into peace --
Part IV: Providence --
Epilogue --
Historical matters --
List of churches.
Responsibility: Don Farrands.

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This is the true story of a young Australian soldier whose life of opportunity was challenged by trauma and salvaged by strength. Nelson Ferguson, from Ballarat, was a stretcher-bearer on the Western Front in France in World War I. He survived the dangers of stretcher-bearing in some of Australia's most horrific battles: the Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres and Villers-Bretonneux. In April 1918, at Villers-Bretonneux, he was severely gassed. His eyes were traumatised, his lungs damaged. Upon his return home, he met and married Madeline, the love of his life, started a family, and resumed his career teaching art. But eventually the effects of the mustard gas claimed his eyesight, ending his career. Courageously enduring this consequence of war, he continued contributing to society by assisting his son and son-in-law in their stained-glass window business. Advances in medicine finally restored his sight in 1968, allowing him to yet again appreciate the beauty around him, before his death in 1976. The story of this Anzac will stir your soul. It is a story of war and bravery, pain and strength, hope and miracles.

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