Game to the Last reveals the story of the men who would become "one of the finest battalions which served in the war", the West Australian 11th Infantry Battalion, AIF, during the gruelling Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. The narrative follows the battalion members as they leave their homes and lives in Western Australia, embark for overseas, experience the excitement and boredom of arid and exotic Egypt, and undergo their baptism of fire in the first wave of the Australian and New Zealand landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Dr James Hurst is the author of Game to the Last, the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, May 2005, now in its third printing with Big Sky Publishing. He has written many articles published in journals and newspapers, and presented papers on the Gallipoli Campaign and other aspects of military history in Australia, Canada and Turkey. James was awarded his PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra, for his doctoral thesis `Dissecting a Legend, Reconstructing the Landing at Anzac, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915' in 2014. He previously earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology, from the University of Western Australia. James was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and graduated from Hale School. In his younger years he spent three years in Britain and one in Washington State, USA, while his father conducted specialist medical research. James has visited Gallipoli eight times for research purposes and is currently working on a book covering the experience of the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards at the battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815. He resides in Adelaide, South Australia, with his wife and daughter.