Gallipoli from both sides - March 2015

Sydney Morning Herald / Canberra Times
Freelance writer: Chris Sheedy
1500 words

'Approaching Gallipoli: The view from both sides'

At his court martial for being under the influence of alcohol during a route march on the island of Lemnos in early 1915, the Australian corporal who had enlisted as Edward Edwards (his real name was Edward Fitzgerald) offered an amusingly flimsy defence.
Edwards had been seen by Major Edward Oldham to be "very unsteady on his legs and on one occasion appeared to be in danger of falling over". After stumbling, Edwards had asked Captain Keith Green's permission to fall out. Green later backed Oldham's testimony, saying that from Edwards' speech and general demeanour, Green believed the corporal was drunk.