Combat Colonels seeks to address the regrettable gap in Australia's documented history of its combat colonels. Its purpose is to name all the Commanding Officers who led units into actions in the Great War and to describe their lives before and, for those who survived, after the war. From these pages emerge the men who shaped Australia's battlefield history - both the professional soldiers and the former teachers, accountants, salesmen, clerks, farmers and others from a broad range of occupations whose leadership on and off the battlefield proved so crucial. These are men Australia cannot afford to forget.
David Clare Holloway was born February 28 1927 in Brisbane, the son of returned WWI veteran Eric Mansfield Holloway. They lived initially in Chinchilla, he grew up mainly in Canberra, while the War Memorial was being built. Moving to Melbourne where he finished his schooling, he served briefly in the Navy at the end of WWII, before completing teachers college in Melbourne. He was teacher and head teacher at various Victorian country schools before becoming a School Inspector, until promoted to assistant Director of Education, primary division. He is also the author of Dark Somme Flowing (Australian WWI Poetry) and The Inspectors (a history of school inspectors in Victoria). David died on 15th October 2014, having completed all the reviews and selecting the jacket cover, but before Combat Colonels was published.