Walk in the footsteps of an ANZAC. Sapper Thomas Edward Drane (Service No.56) was one of the first men to enlist at the beginning of WW1. While enlisted with the 1st Field Company Engineers (1FCE) he compiled a personal diary of his wartime experiences. His diary describes the anticipation and adventure in the days of training leading up to battle. He writes of the time spent in Sydney with new friends and the cheering crowds when departing. And the times he enjoyed with his mates, exploring Egypt’s natural wonders and culture when relieved from the rigours of wartime training.
Then there is the harsh reality of the Gallipoli landing which has been so firmly entrenched in Australia’s history. To read in his own words the living hell of those first moments and ensuing days from his perspective as a member of the 1st Field Company Engineers of NSW, is to gain an insight into what many men had endured for ‘honour and love of the country that reared them’.
This Multi-Touch book edited and researched by his great grandson Andrew Drane, brings his story to life with the addition of supporting photographs, multimedia, extracts, articles, web links and research material. Each photo and map is interactive and can be viewed with further detail and explanation.
I hope you enjoy walking in Tom’s footsteps.