Watson's Pier

Joshua Funder
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Watson's Pier

Joshua Funder
The story of the campaign that almost lost the Anzacs and the retreat that saved a nation.
Stan Watson was among the first ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and survived battle, fear and disease to build the pier at Anzac Cove from which so many men later escaped. He faced what seemed like an impossible mission: to get every man out alive. Watson never claimed to be the last man to leave Gallipoli, but through to the very end he played his part and became a hero.
Sixty-two years to the day after he stepped away from that fatal shore, Watson took a slow train to visit his family for Christmas and decided to finally tell his life story.
A beautifully told mixture of fact and fiction, Watson's Pier traces not just one man's journey, but the history of a nation. It also challenges the historical record of what happened in the final moments at Anzac Cove. In doing so, it offers a new perspective…
Stan Watson was among the first ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and survived battle, fear and disease to build the pier at Anzac Cove from which so many men later escaped. He faced what seemed like an impossible mission: to get every man out alive. Watson never claimed to be the last man to leave Gallipoli, but through to the very end he played his part and became a hero.
Sixty-two years to the day after he stepped away from that fatal shore, Watson took a slow train to visit his family for Christmas and decided to finally tell his life story.
A beautifully told mixture of fact and fiction, Watson's Pier traces not just one man's journey, but the history of a nation. It also challenges the historical record of what happened in the final moments at Anzac Cove. In doing so, it offers a new perspective on the meaning of Gallipoli.

'A great story sensitively told and carefully researched.'—Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)

A remarkable re-creation.”
Tom Keneally

About the author

Dr Joshua Funder is the great grandson of Stanley Watson and has been researching and writing his story for over a decade. He earned his science and law degrees at Melbourne University and the London School of Economics before undertaking a PhD in intellectual property for biotechnology from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Today, Joshua works as a venture capital investor in healthcare and biotechnology, and has worked in corporate strategy and development in the same area, in particular with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative to successfully reduce prices for anti-retroviral medicines and initiate pharmaceutical supplies across eastern and southern Africa. Joshua has made contributions to public policy and community service as president of the Oxford Graduate Student Union, student representative on Oxford University Hebdomadal Council, co-founder and chairman of the independent Australian think tank Per Capita, director of the John Button Foundation, councillor of the City of Yarra, co-founder and director of the Yarra Energy Foundation, and Director of Gowrie Victoria early childhood education. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children and this is his first book.

About Joshua Funder

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