Editor's note: The Australian Army nursing sister May Tilton composed The Grey Battalion from her war diaries, aiming to give a 'true' account of her 'trail with the warriors'. That trail took her first to Egypt, and later to the bloodbath of northern France, where she remarks that the composure of her colleagues under fire 'made me prouder of my sex than ever before'. Tilton had spent five years in a Launceston public hospital before feeling compelled to follow the Australian expeditionary force to the battle zones. She embarked on the Orontes at Port Melbourne in 4 August 1915.
From Chapter II: The Voyage (5-9) and Chapter III: Egypt (22-23; 23-24)
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yOn the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military TravelOn the Warpath : An Anthology of Australian Military TravelRobin Gerster
Carlton:Melbourne University Press,2004Z11087882004anthology prose autobiography extract poetry criticism diary essay travel war literature 'This anthology reveals the many ways in which going to war has formed a cultural bridge between Australia and the world. From the Sudan in 1885 to Afghanistan in 2001, the connection of war to travel is illustrated by writers and reveals how the experience of war has both broadened and refined (and sometimes distorted) Australian views of the world.' From cover of On the War-Path : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel (2004)Carlton:Melbourne University Press,2004