Neville Howse - second hand
Australia's First Victoria Cross Winner.
By Michael B Tyquin. Published in 1999. 212 pages.
Hard cover in excellent condition.
Neville Reginald Howse was the first soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with an Australian unit. In an action of outstanding gallantry during the Boer War, Howse rode out to a wounded man, dressed his wound, and carried the man on his back to safety, under fire all the while. Reaching the shelter of a native kraal, Howse then operated on the man for a perforated bladder. The operation was successful, and the casualty survived.
In World War I, Howse also served with singular distinction - from Gallipoli to the Armistice and beyond - as the architect of a massive administrative overhaul of Australia's medical servcies. He also contributed significantly to the successful repatriation of thousands of Diggers.
Howse continued as cheif o the Australian Army' medical sercvices until the early 1920s when he was elected to federal parliament. He was soon appointed to several Cabinet portfolios, including Health and Defence. A fierce nationlist and a progressive and innovative policy - maker in military medical administration, he fought energetically for the defence and health of the Commonwealth.