Author shines spotlight on historic war legends

WITH history jumping off every page, author Ron Inglis presented a copy of his latest book ‘Auburn Anzacs’ to Mayor Lisa Lake at Auburn Library in the lead up to Anzac Day.

Among the showcase of historic information and images associated with the men of Auburn who enlisted in the First World War, was a tribute from Auburn Council to its mayor, William James Johnson who enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force in August 1915.
Great grand-daughter of Mayor Johnson, Kathy Marriott also displayed the medals awarded to her great grandfather – the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Mayor Johnson served for three years in the Australian House of Representatives before coming to Auburn and being elected mayor in January 1914.
His wife Martha was the first president of the Auburn Women’s Patriotic League which throughout the war, raised funds and sent comforts to the troops.
Sadly, Mayor Johnson was wounded in the first days of the battle of Pozières, on the Western Front.
He died of his wounds at Etaples at the Australian base in France.
Aged 48, Mayor Johnson was the oldest from Auburn to die in the First World War.
At the library event, Ron shared many stories of the men from Auburn and the many ways their names are commemorated today, including the fine honour boards found in Auburn schools and churches.
“The book is a way to honour the sacrifices and I’ve enjoyed every minute discovering their stories,” Ron said.
To obtain a copy or read the book, visit or contact the library on 8757 9060 or call Ron on 0437 385 135.