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Between the Lines- Len's War

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Between the Lines is the tale of an Australian family at war in 1914. Local football star and man-about-town Len Cutler is on the cusp of making his great escape, from the boredom of the family farm to the fame of the big leagues. The only thing holding him back is the one girl he can't have, Kit- his brother's fiance. On the eve of the Great War, an act of violent jealousy tears him away from home, to the shores of Gallipoli, and sends him back a changed man, in desperate need of redemption.

Lionel "Len" Cutler, footballer and rogue, before the Great War tips his life upside down. Character sketch made using FlashFace Full. Man About Town, First Girl, Rogues, Lens, Sketch, War, Character, Dark, Darkness

Lionel "Len" Cutler, footballer and rogue, before the Great War tips his life upside down. Character sketch made using FlashFace Full.

All my character draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, so it's hard to find an exact picture for any of them, but Australian Rules footballer Adam Selwood is a very strong physical match for the Stonehaven Tigers' star forward Len Cutler. My Character, Character Drawing, Man About Town, First Girl, Jealousy, Tigers, Acting, Lens, Strong

All my character draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, so it's hard to find an exact picture for any of them, but Australian Rules footballer Adam Selwood is a very strong physical match for the Stonehaven Tigers' star forward Len Cutler.

Battalion troops march out of Blackboy Hill Camp on their way to the port of Fremantle in preparation for their embarkation, October, Man About Town, Anzac Day, Lest We Forget, First World, Troops, World War, Egypt, Dolores Park, March

Marching out from Blackboy Hill for embarkation, November 1914

 Any complaints 'No sir'. In camp at Blackboy Hill. Robert Gibson from right at rear, 1915 Robert Gibson, Man About Town, Anzac Day, First Girl, Jealousy, Western Australia, Stew, Wa Gov, Camping

"He got dressed again, and in minutes was back out the flap of the tent and into the drizzle that dripped from the sky, the trees, the edges of the canvas; a constant pitter patter on his cheek, turning the earth beneath his boots to mud that hung onto his feet with every step, letting them go with a squelch, slipping beneath him and sliding him sideways. Beside the nearest row of tents, a group of sullen looking blokes in shirtsleeves and braces and hats crouched beside a fire that spat..."

Soldiers of the Battalion at the Blackboy Hill training camp in 1914 Man About Town, First Girl, Jealousy, Losing Me, War, Couple Photos, Soldiers, Lost, Training

Soldiers of the 11th Battalion at the Blackboy Hill training camp in 1914

Group portrait of the Australian (Western Australia) Battalion Infantry Brigade Australian Imperial Force posing on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915 prior to the landing at Gallipoli. Ww1 History, Modern History, Military History, Naval History, British History, Family History, American History, Great Pyramid Of Khufu, History Online

The thousand men of the 11th Battalion visit the pyramids in Egypt before shipping out to Gallipoli

The first men were wheeling out of the station in lines of four, marching like a well-oiled machine to the rat-a-tat-tat of a kettle drum. Row upon row, turning smartly into the street, off toward the river in the east. Here and there, a feeble wave of a Union Jack greeted their passing, but by and large the crowd had gone eerily silent.  Someone shouted a coo-ee and a bugle blared out, but after that, not much else. Just the swish and stamp of a thousand feet, and somewhere amidst them… Man About Town, Wheeling, First Girl, Union Jack, Has Gone, Rat, Kettle, The One, Turning

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The first men were wheeling out of the station in lines of four, marching like a well-oiled machine to the rat-a-tat-tat of a kettle drum. Row upon row, turning smartly into the street, off toward the river in the east. Here and there, a feeble wave of a Union Jack greeted their passing, but by and large the crowd had gone eerily silent. Someone shouted a coo-ee and a bugle blared out, but after that, not much else. Just the swish and stamp of a thousand feet, and somewhere amidst them…

"He woke before the morning broke, shivering with cold in his swag, and reached to pull the blanket up. In the darkness outside, a magpie warbled, just like home. If he closed his eyes, if he ignored the hardness of the ground under his back and the aching cold of the air, he could pretend he was back there, before everything had changed.  He stared up into the lightening dark. There was a sense of dampness in the air, a rain that settled on his skin, cool as tears." Everything Has Change, Man About Town, First Girl, Magpie, His Eyes, Darkness, The Outsiders, Swag, Rain

"He woke before the morning broke, shivering with cold in his swag, and reached to pull the blanket up. In the darkness outside, a magpie warbled, just like home. If he closed his eyes, if he ignored the hardness of the ground under his back and the aching cold of the air, he could pretend he was back there, before everything had changed. He stared up into the lightening dark. There was a sense of dampness in the air, a rain that settled on his skin, cool as tears."

Wellington Street in big city Perth, c. Man About Town, First Girl, Perth, Street View, Australia, Magic, War, City, Cities

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Wellington Street in big city Perth, c. 1929

Mena Camp in Egypt, with the pyramids in the background Man About Town, First Girl, Egypt, War

Mena Camp in Egypt, with the pyramids in the background

Wounded Australian soldiers at Egypt's Mena Hospital in 1915 Old Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Man About Town, Anzac Day, Wwi, Cairo, Egyptian, Paris Skyline, Poppies

Wounded Australian soldiers at Egypt's Mena Hospital in 1915

Tents being erected at the Blackboy Hill enlistment camp in the Perth hills, Western Australia, ready for the influx of men signing up for war in 1914 Man About Town, First Girl, Western Australia, Tents, Soldiers, World War, Camping, Life, Outdoor

Western Australia. AIF trainee soldiers erecting tents at Blackboy Hill Camp.

Tents being erected at the Blackboy Hill enlistment camp in the Perth hills, Western Australia, ready for the influx of men signing up for war in 1914

ASCANIUS- the ship my great grandfather travelled off to WWI on. November The troop transport Ascanius which was the first ship carrying troops to leave the area. It joined the ANZAC convoy on 3 November 1914 and . Man About Town, Merchant Navy, Ferry Boat, Western Australia, Troops, Sailing Ships, New York Skyline, Transportation, The Past

Fremantle, Western Australia. November 1914. The troop transport Ascanius (A11) which was the ...