War hero now in children’s book

KNIGHTED by the British Empire and decorated for bravery in battle by the people of Turkey, the amazing story of surgeon and World War One hero Sir Charlie Ryan has been brought to life in a children’s story book.

Published earlier this year, authors of Turkish Charlie Ryan: Canakkale’s ANZAC Hero John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher (pictured top), along with illustrator Lillian Webb, joined members of the Cumberland RSL sub-branch for the book’s Auburn launch at the Turkish Welfare Association last month.

Aimed a junior primary school children, the book tells how the young medical graduate joined the Turkish army in a search for adventure.
Forty years later, as the head of the Australian Army Medical Corps, he landed at Gallipoli to fight his former comrades, and went on to be a pivotal figure in the Armistice of May 24, 1915.
Copies of the book purchased by the sub-branch were also donated to local primary schools.