Book Review: Ross Mcmullin, Farewell Dear People: Biographies of Australia's Lost Generation
In 1931, Harold Edward Elliott committed suicide. This man, better known to many as 'Pompey', had led a distinguished life as a barrister, a member of the Senate and, above all else, as brigadier-general in the AIF on the Western Front. He gained the admiration of his men and, often, the ire of his superior officers. If he had not survived the war, he would have probably found a place in Ross McMullin's book rather than the perceptive, moving and sympathetic biography McMullin did write about the man: for Pompey would have fitted the model set by the author in the opening pages of this book. These were the men of a lost generation, men who could have made a difference in Australia's history.