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Leaders & Notable People
  • Author:
    John Hamilton
  • ISBN:
    1405038659
  • ISBN13:
    978-1405038652
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  • Publisher:
    Macmillan Australia (August 1, 2008)
  • Pages:
    340 pages
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    Leaders & Notable People
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In a deadly duel, Sing fired first and killed 'Abdul the Terrible'.

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The Anzac battlefield on Gallipoli was made for snipers, The unwary or unlucky were.

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Sing's life was recounted in a chapter of Laws and Stewart's book, There's always more to the story (2006), and in greater depth by Hamilton in his book, Gallipoli Sniper: The life of Billy Sing (2008).

JOHN HAMILTON was born in England and migrated to Western Australia with his family. This book is indeed about a man who served as a sniper at Gallipoli, and therefore the title is not wrong, but it wasn’t what I anticipated

JOHN HAMILTON was born in England and migrated to Western Australia with his family. After serving in the Royal Australian Navy he worked as an award-winning reporter and foreign correspondent for more than forty years. His interest in Gallipoli began in 2000 when he was assigned to cover the 85th anniversary of the landings at Anzac Cove. This book is indeed about a man who served as a sniper at Gallipoli, and therefore the title is not wrong, but it wasn’t what I anticipated. There’s little about the Gallipoli campaign that students of the subject wouldn’t know already, and even less about sniping.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Gallipoli Sniper by John Hamilton (2015 . Assisted by a 'spotter' who would single out targets for him, Sing acquired an unrivaled reputation as he killed increasing numbers of enemy soldiers

Assisted by a 'spotter' who would single out targets for him, Sing acquired an unrivaled reputation as he killed increasing numbers of enemy soldiers. He became known as the 'Anzac Angel of Death' and the 'Assassin of Gallipoli' and was considered to be the most successful sniper and most feared man in Gallipoli. The Turks, aware of his reputation decided to target Sing with their own marksman.

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Gallipoli sniper : the life of Billy Sing. Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia. Book, Online - Google Books. Hamilton, John, 1940-2017. Gallipoli sniper : the life of Billy Sing, John Hamilton Pan Macmillan Australia Sydney 2008. Australian/Harvard Citation. 2008, Gallipoli sniper : the life of Billy Sing, John Hamilton Pan Macmillan Australia Sydney. Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008 xi, 340 . p. of plates : maps ; 24 cm. ISBN.

Subtitle on jacket: the remarkable life of Billy Sing.

The Remarkable Life of Billy Sing.

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Lyrtois
Loved this book! A great history and understanding of Gallipoli with many many fascinating notes from soldiers experiences added in to back up the context. Takes a while to get to the story of Gallipoli as Hamilton firstly lays the foundation of the WW breaking out and the recruitment of the ANZACS. Later in the book this turns out to be much appreciated as you have an extensive knowlegde of where the soldiers are from and what they were like. Billy Sing's story is inspiring but Hamilton also explores many other characters aswell. Very good read expecially if going to the battlefields or have been there in the past.
Bludsong
An interesting piece of our history revealed in a well written and well researched book. Too often the heroes of our past are neglected and this book brings a real hero to life again.
Brannylv
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but once I started reading it I was very frustrated. The story does not really flow, as the author goes off on long tangents that detract from the exploits of Billy Sing. Skipped a lot of this book as it was just not necessary for the story. I was also frustrated when the author mentioned pictures that were then not included in the book.
Qiahmagha
I'm glad I read this and also now know the story of one of Australia's greats. Part of Australian history.
Gugrel
A gripping true story and hard to beleave what those troops had to endue, great stuff,and well written on a subject that could be hard to get your head around, but John Hamilton did his homework
Biaemi
Gallipoli Interesting and Informative part of Australian folklore
I good insight into a very brave Australian
Life was not easy for him.
Quemal
Billy Sing became famous for his sniping skills on Gallipoli. The number varies according to source but he is usually credited with 201 `kills'. He was born in the late part of the 19th Century, unusually of a Chinese father and an English born mother. He was quite successful in school and worked a lot of farm type jobs. He served with the 5th Lighthorse on Gallipoli and went to France with the 31st Battalion (he had issues riding horses after an illness). Here he was wounded before returning to Australia and a not so successful post-war life.

There is quite a bit of interest in this work. The main issue that Hamilton faced was an almost total lack of written records from Sing himself. He is forced to rely on the unit histories, medical records, the letters and memoirs of soldiers who served with Sing (and some from other units who merely served in the same locations), including books by Oliver Hogue; `Trooper Bluegum' and quite a lot from Idriess' `Desert Column' (one I am desperate to read but I wonder about the sniper duel he relates), recollections from `old timers' who knew Sing in their youth - or who knew people who knew Sing. Hamilton's research is quite thorough. He found newspaper accounts of Sing playing cricket and some records of his schooling. Overall though there normally wouldn't be enough to fill a book of over 300 pages, so Hamilton puts in a lot of context from the time. He examines the issues relating to Chinese immigration, the various droughts and economic issues facing the bush, life on the land in general and the reasons for the Gallipoli campaign - for starters. There are many quotes that relate to these things but not necessarily to Billy Sing specifically. Overall it's quite informative but due to the limited number of direct material relating to Sing, Hamilton has had to infer a lot. So there is a lot of `Billy may have' or `Billy probably' underwent the experience being related. The surprising thing to me is that there is so little on his actions in France. There was at least one major event where he apparently wiped out the extended crew of a German machine gun but given the Australian penchant for score keeping (as evidenced by what took place on Gallipoli), I'm surprised there wasn't more to find on this. Perhaps there was an informal battalion count going but nothing remains if so. So there are questions? What happened to his medals for instance?

Sing was certainly worthy of a biography but a lack of written materials made this a tricky task. Hamilton has done pretty well stretching it out this far but some may find it padded too much (he only gets to the sniping about page 200) and repetitive, where the few facts are used several times over. There is a lot of general history which is interesting if you don't know it already. Sing is revealed as a man who managed to cross the racial divide and be `accepted' as an Anglo-Saxon. He was feted as a war hero on his return but suffered from being gassed for the rest of his life. He lived and worked rough, drank a lot and was a difficult character at times and his war-bride disappeared without trace. Some of these later experiences would've been sadly all too familiar to many other men of his generation.
I have read War Histories with pleasure since I was a Child. Until now I have never read a single one which was so human and made me truly feel what war must have been like to those soldiers fighting it. This book (and Goodbye Cobber, God Bless' by the same author is did this for me.