Young Billy Bowman and his mate Jack get caught up in the excitement when war is declared in August 1914 and leave their jobs on the farm to rush off and enlist in the Mounted Rifles - because the war would 'probably be over by Christmas'. We follow their journey from the Awapuni training camp, to more training in the sands of Egypt before they finally get shipped out - without their horses - to fight at Gallipoli. And there they discover that war isn't the big adventure they thought it would be.
The first book in a new series that tracks each year in World War 1, each focusing on different aspects of the war.
Susan Brocker has written over 50 books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, which have been published worldwide. She has a history degree and a great love of social history that is reflected in her books. Susan also has a close affinity and love of animals which shines through in her writing. Susan lives with her husband and many pets, including horses, in a lovely old villa on a small farm near Tauranga. Susan's website is http://www.susanbrocker.com/