Daley, Paul: The Anzac skull that tells a shocking and tragic story of battlefield violence

Paul Daley

The Anzac skull that tells a shocking and tragic story of battlefield violence‘, Guardian Australia, 25 September 2017 updated

Story of an Anzac soldier’s skull exhibited in an American medical museum’s online exhibition. The soldier was shot near Ypres on 28 September 1917 and died a few days later. What, if anything, the Australian government does to repatriate the skull will make for an interesting comparison with what has been done – and not done – to repatriate to Country Indigenous remains held by institutions in Australia and overseas.

Paul Daley is among Honest History’s distinguished supporters. Other articles by Paul Daley linked from the Honest History site can be found by using our Search engine. Paul Daley has a chapter (‘Our most important war: The legacy of frontier conflict’) in The Honest History Book. There is an edited version of it here.

Update 4 October 2017: the skull has been identified and is to be repatriated.

 

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