War hero lives on through club

Mike Davis has published a book on the history of the John Edmondson VC Memorial Club. It also details a lot about John Edmondson himself and the history of Liverpool. Picture: Simon Bennett

Mike Davis has published a book on the history of the John Edmondson VC Memorial Club. It also details a lot about John Edmondson himself and the history of Liverpool. Picture: Simon Bennett

John Edmondson VC picture taken a few days before his death

John Edmondson VC picture taken a few days before his death

A MOUNT Pritchard author is retelling the history of NSW, one club at a time.

Mike Davis has been writing historical books about sports and RSL clubs for almost a decade.

So far, he's written eight books, the most recent focusing on the story of John Edmondson VC Memorial Club at Liverpool.

The book was launched earlier this year and can be bought for $25 at the club.

"I really enjoyed this one because I had a sort of passion for John Edmondson's story," Mr Davis said.

"I remember getting a book off my sister when I was 9. It was a history book of Australia and at the back there was a section that had the stories of VC winners.

"I remember seeing a photograph of John Edmondson and it really stuck in my mind — how could someone in that dire situation sacrifice his own life to save someone else?"

Mr Davis said John Edmondson was awarded a Victoria Cross after he died in 1941 and his legacy had not been forgotten.

Mr Davis said Edmondson went to Austral Public School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School and a few years later he went to war.

"People who knew him couldn't believe he could summon that amount of courage.

"He was just a typical young kid."

Mr Davis said the Edmondson book took 12 months to write and it was published in Sydney.

"It had a lot of components to it. The research led to the interviews and the interviews led to putting it together and then it went through the publishing.

"The club will sell a few and I gave some to the Liverpool Library.

"Now I'm working on one that will come out later this year on the history of Liverpool Catholic Club."

Mr Davis said he intends to track down and speak with several of the club's original members as part of the researching process.

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