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Publisher's Summary

Kevin ‘Dasher’ Wheatley, VC, is one of the most extraordinary characters in Australian history. Dasher was a husband, father, champion footballer and one of the finest soldiers this country has ever produced. The story of his sacrifice is used by the ADF as a perfect example of valour and mateship to this day. Although he is one of the most famous Victoria Cross recipients of all time, his story has never been fully told. Until now.

Dasher: The Kevin Wheatley VC Story was written with firsthand accounts from Dasher’s family and the men who served and fought alongside him. It tells not only the story of an unlikely lad from the mean streets of Sydney, but that of a soldier whose death devastated the ranks of three armies and changed the way Australia dealt with the overseas loss of service people forever.

Everyone who met the man has a Dasher Wheatley story of larrikin behaviour, outstanding soldiering, stunning valour, or all three.

Forwarded by Keith Payne, this book also investigates other gallantry awards Wheatley qualified for but was never given.

©2021 Michael C. Madden (P)2012 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The Dasher Wheatley story is one that all Australians should know and be proud of." (His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC [retd general], governor-general of Australia)

"I never met Dasher Wheatley VC, but I would have liked to share a beet with a man whose decision to stay with a dying mate cost him his life. His compelling courage, that choice, characterise the values that make Australia." (Kerry Stokes, AC, chairman, Australian War Memorial)

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The narrator is brilliant.

Steve's voice is stunning. His performance is amongst the best I've heard. Thank you for breathing life into Dasher.

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Incredible account of a great Australian sadly let down by writing that feeling like it’s from a 1940s movietone newsreel and read by someone who sounds like a mix of a preschool teacher and a bad eighties nature documentary host. I couldn’t finish it

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What an incredible story about this man's life, it was a shame that this warrior was not honoured with all that was meant for him. In the aftermath his family was forgotten by the government of Australia, disgusting. You have to wonder what these pencil pushers are thinking, they would wet them self on a merry-go-round. This man sacrificed his life for friends and for what he was sent to do.

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An Australian hero

Dasher's srory is incredible. Edna Wheatley is a true Australian hero. the narration is beautiful, the writting lovely. Highly recommend.

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