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Ralph Seccombe is the author of From the Suburbs to the Trenches, the Story of Two Australian Soldiers of the Great War. This book brings you together with two fine young men who joined up for their great adventure a century ago. The letters of Gunner Ralph Berryman, who enlisted in 1914 at the outbreak of the war, take you on his voyage from Melbourne via Colombo to Egypt, where the troops trained in the shadow of the pyramids, and on to Gallipoli. The diaries of Cecil Seccombe give a vivid account of his passage to England via Cape Town, his training on Salisbury Plain and his fighting at Ypres and the Somme, where he won the Military Medal. From the Suburbs to the Trenches reproduces writings and photographs by both soldiers.

The third voice in this book is the author, Ralph Seccombe, who journeyed to the battlefields of his two great-uncles and writes of his experiences with curiosity, empathy and humour, exploring the meaning of war for past generations and the present.

This is an endearing, moving, entertaining book, taking you to Gallipoli and the Western Front, the two main theatres for Australia in the Great War. It is the mission of the author, who shares a name with each of the soldiers, to tell the story of these men he came to love and respect, these ordinary men from the suburbs who went on to achieve extraordinary things in the trenches.
From the Suburbs to the Trenches, the Story of Two Australian Soldiers of the Great War, is available from Amazon and as an e-book from Kindle.