Title: Gallipoli to the Somme – The Story of C E W Bean

Author: McCarthy, Dudley

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1983

ISBN: 0909134588

Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket – 400 pages

Comments: The detailed biography of Charles Bean – Australia’s most famous war correspondent during World War One. Inscription on the front end paper. Minor shelf wear to dust jacket corners and cover edges.

Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (18 November 1879 – 30 August 1968), usually identified as C.E.W. Bean, was an Australian schoolmaster, judge’s associate, barrister journalist, war correspondent and historian.

Bean is renowned as the editor of the 12-volume Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918. Bean wrote Volumes I to VI himself, dealing with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at Gallipoli, France and Belgium. Bean was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian War Memorial, and of the creation and popularisation of the ANZAC legend.

Bean was born in Bathurst, New South Wales. In 1889, his family moved to England where he was educated, firstly at Brentwood School in Essex, of which his father was headmaster, then from 1894 at Clifton College, Bristol, before winning a scholarship in 1898 to Hertford College, Oxford. He returned to Australia in 1904 and worked as a lawyer until June 1908 when he joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a reporter.