Historian to speak on WWI general

Historian Ross McMullin will visit Bendigo Library tomorrow night to speak on Australia’s most famous fighting general.

Charlton born Major General Harold Edward "Pompey" Elliott lead Australian Imperial Force soldiers at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

McMullin has written Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words, a biography of Pompey Elliott based on the major-general’s wartime letters and diaries.

Pompey Elliott had a close connection with Bendigo — with Bendigo’s original enlisters in 1914 joining the 7th AIF Battalion, which Pompey led into action at the Gallipoli landing.

McMullin will give a talk on his new book at the Bendigo Library on Tuesday, November 14, at 5.30pm.

He will also speak on the battle of Polygon Wood — where Pompey Elliott was exceptional — at the National Hotel at 7.30pm. McMullin will also speak at the Heathcote RSL on November 15 at 5.30pm and Faulder Watson Hall in Castlemaine on November 16 at 8pm.

"Pompey" Elliott was born in Charlton and led Anzacs during World War One.

"Pompey" Elliott was born in Charlton and led Anzacs during World War One.