Local inner west historian and author, John Coleman, has written a new book shedding light on the lives of fallen inner west soldiers who died during WW1.

They Shall not Grow Old shares the stories of the servicemen memorialised at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Dulwich Hill, telling the tragic stories of the over 50 inner west men who died on the battlefields, never to return home.

John aims to provide schools and the community with an inner west perspective of WWI, allowing people to hear stories about their forebears who lived and walked on the streets they live on today.

With the help of Petersham RSL and with assistance from the Australian War Memorial archives, John has been able to create an engaging and thoughtfully illustrated tribute to the men and their families, revealing a little known piece of local and Australian history.

100 copies of the book will be distributed to local high schools, primary schools, RSLs, community libraries, local historical groups, and to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Congratulations and thank you John for creating a wonderful historical resource and for sharing the lost stories of fallen inner west WWI soldiers.