98 Ernest Francis Healey known as Frank was 27 years old and married but attested to being single. His wife Daisy Adeline Healey ( nee Thompson) had tracked him down and she was later added as his next- of- kin. He was a ‘painter and letterer’ known today as a signwriter originally from Dudley, Newcastle NSW.
At Gallipoli on the landing, Frank was another casualty of a sniper. He was sniped on the 25th April and was paralysed from the waist down. Frank returned to Australia in September and was one of the first “Cot Cases”an unfortunate description, at the No.4 Australian General Hospital at Randwick.
For the following 13 years Frank was never able to leave an inflatable mattress, and managed to see the Sydney city streets on only two occasions, each time from an ambulance.
The following are the original links from published news articles about Frank after his death in August 1928.
While Frank was as they say, an inmate at No.4 Australian General Hospital in Randwick, he was on the committee of patients and the sales manager for the publication “Remnants from Randwick”- a magazine produced after the end of the world war for the No4 Aust. General Hospital. This magazine contained pictures, stories and information about the soldiers, doctors and nurses of the hospital. http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-5244279
Wounded Anzacs not forgotten
Shattered Anzacs: Living with the Scars of War (UNSW Press), by La Trobe University historian Dr Marina Larsson is the first full-length study of Australian soldiers disabled during the First World War. It reveals the hidden histories of these servicemen and the thousands of Australian families that welcomed them home.
‘Disabled soldiers don’t really fit into the Anzac legend as they represent the horrors of war, and challenge the heroic rhetoric of the Anzac legend,’ says Larsson.’The Anzac legend encourages us to find purpose in war through soldiers’ sacrifices, particularly the war dead who heroically made the ‘Supreme Sacrifice’, but it’s much harder to find purpose in war by talking about the damaged bodies of young men,’ she adds.From the arrival of the first men ‘damaged’ at Gallipoli in 1915 to the end of the 1930s Depression, Shattered Anzacs offers a poignant account of the lasting impact of physical injury and psychological scars upon returned soldiers and their loved ones. For these families, the trauma of war did not end in 1918 – instead the aftermath began.’My book explores the effects of physical and mental disabilities on soldiers who returned from the First World War, and also examines the impact of disablement on their families,’ Larsson says.’For every 10 soldiers who went to war, two were killed and a further three were disabled. These men brought the devastation of the war home with them. The book shows that war does not just wound soldiers – it also wounds their families.’Dr Larsson interviewed a number of children of disabled soldiers for the book, about what it was like to grow up with a war-disabled father. She found their stories both moving and diverse.’Betsy spent most of her childhood visiting her father in a mental institution. Keith’s father suffered from debilitating headaches due to a severe head injury. Margaret’s father lost a leg, but the family actually coped well because he was employed,’ she says. ‘While these stories are told within families, they are not part of our larger national histories.’Dr Marina Larsson is an award-winning historian who lives in Melbourne. A promising early career scholar, she received the Australian Historical Association’s biennial Serle Award in 2008 for the best postgraduate thesis in Australian History. Marina has held lecturing positions at La Trobe and Monash universities, and has published and presented widely on war and repatriation history.For media interviews contact:
Marina Larsson Mobile: 0425 767 119Book Details:
Marina Larsson, Shattered Anzacs: Living with the Scars of War, UNSW Press.
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