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Army September 1, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
A SILVER medal was awarded to Lt-Col Robert
Likeman, SMO 3 Bde, for his book Gallipoli
Doctors in the 2011 Independent Book Publishers
Awards for best Australia/New Zealand non-fiction
The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, are designed
to bring increased recognition to deserving but often
unsung titles published by independent authors and
In Gallipoli Doctors, Lt-Col Likeman describes
in immense detail the lives of the AIF doctors who
laboured under unforgiving conditions during the
Gallipoli campaign to tend to the wounded and sick.
Gallipoli Doctors is the first volume in the
Australian Doctors at War series. The second vol-
ume, due later this year, will cover the campaigns in
Egypt and Palestine as well as the Naval and Military
Expeditionary Force to German New Guinea in 1914.
Lt-Col Likeman said he was stunned to receive the
silver medal as his publisher sent the book to the New
York organisation without informing him.
“The thought that someone might say this is an
exceptional book is really quite humbling,” Lt-Col
Gallipoli Doctors took two years to write and is a
group biography of the nearly 300 doctors who served
in the AIF at Gallipoli in 1915.
“They were an interesting group – they were the
first to volunteer and included the brightest and best of
Australian medical professionals at the time.
“They suffered the same risks of wounding, death
and disease as all the other soldiers.”
In what is described as a ‘who’s who’ of the medi-
cal profession, Gallipoli Doctors details the profes-
sional life of the doctors before and after the war in
Each officer has his medical qualifications listed
and details of honours and awards where relevant are
also included as well as many photographs of doctors
and scenes of medical units at Gallipoli.
Book’s silver lining
Winning manuscript: Lt-Col Robert Likeman with his winning book Gallipoli
Doctors. He won the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2011 (New York)
Photo by Maj Al Green
EXPLOSIVE detection dog Lucky is missing in
action in Afghanistan and likely dead after the same
battle that took the life of Sgt Todd Langley in north-
ern Helmand province on July 4.
During the course of the battle, Lucky broke away
from his patrol and, despite repeated attempts to call him
back, he was last seen in the vicinity of a major insur-
gent concentration. It was not possible for the Australian
soldiers to search for the dog in safety as they were
under heavy insurgent fire.
Australian Special Forces and their Afghan part-
ners have since made all reasonable attempts to secure
Lucky’s return, including repeated calls to the dog by
loudspeaker and broadcasting an offer of a monetary
reward in the local area.
It was Lucky’s first operational deployment after
entering service in September 2010.
CO Special Operations Task Group Lt-Col G said
Lucky would be missed.
“Our dogs are important to our operations and our han-
dlers form extremely close bonds with their dogs – losing
an EDD is particularly hard on them, but it also affects the
whole team who enjoy the company of the dogs.”
Lucky will be commemorated on a dedicated EDD
memorial at the School of Military Engineering.
Lucky lost during
battle in Helmand
EDD Lucky is
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