R.G. Hitchen and his brother Bill initiated the recruitment march from the little western town of Gilgandra situated on the Castlereagh River. Twenty six m en left the town and 262 entered Sydney to be met by the Prime Minister Billy Hughes and about 100 000 people-the march had captured the imagination of all Australians which led to more recruitment marches and a significant increase in enlistment numbers.
The story of the great march is recorded step by step by John Meredith - who tells it first hand from the lips of the last survivors (1981) - Leslie Greenleaf (Dubbo) and Ernest May (Lithgow) The stirring story of this march has become part of the official war history of Australia.
First Edition - Actual cover shown.
THE COO-EE MARCH GILGANDRA - SYDNEY 1915 by John Meredith
Dubbo : Macquarie Publications, 1981