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By Paul Livingstone

Absent with out Leave follows 3 wide-eyed younger Australian males from their enlistment on the Sydney Showground in 1940 to the struggle within the center East and jungle conflict within the Asia-Pacific. deepest Stanley Livingston and his most sensible buddies, Roy Lonsdale and Gordon Oxman, will be brothers-in-law in addition to brothers in hands by way of the tip of the struggle, as Stanley may marry Roy's sister Evelyn, whereas Gordon may marry Lilly Livingston, Stanley's more youthful sister.

In this example the time period absent with out go away has no adverse connotation. among their center East and Pacific campaigns Privates Livingston and Oxman, and lots of in their fellow squaddies, deserted their devices to be with their family. those males weren't working from conflict or accountability, yet to the carrier in their households who desperately wanted them.

This is usually an account of the civilian women and men again domestic, and of Stanley's destiny spouse, Evelyn. Evelyn's conflict is a narrative in itself, through day riveting...

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War is no laughing matter. But then again, you had to be there. Stanley J. Livingston had been there. I only managed to glean the barest hints of my father’s experiences in World War II (I’ve always found the habit of numbering wars unnerving: it implies a certain inevitability, and there are still a lot of numbers out there to get through). Stanley didn’t live to tell the full tale. By wandering through my own memories, as well as those of people who knew him and many more who didn’t, I wondered if I might catch a glimpse of the man I never knew.

The result is an extraordinary story about an ordinary man: illuminating, deeply moving and told with no shortage of humour. Absent Without Leave unearths a part of Australian history that has largely been forgotten, because no-one ever really talked about it. Until now. The private war of Private Stanley Livingston PAUL LIVINGSTON First published in 2013 Copyright © Paul Livingston 2013 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publisher.

Perhaps it was the biblical myth that Pte Livingston had in mind? There is every chance he was in the vicinity of Jerusalem at the time. But precisely where and when the photo was taken is not so clear. Does this look like the fresh face of a young man enjoying his first overseas trip, a battle virgin? Or are we looking at a war-weary veteran of one of the most intense and bloody campaigns in military history? What had he got himself into, this kid from suburban Zetland, in the middle of no-man’s-land, with, as he put it, ‘two of the boys, a wog, a donkey and myself ’?

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