About the Authors


A Sydney resident for 24 years, David Wilson graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1975 and served in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.  In 1998 he transferred to the Army Reserve where he now works as a part-time project officer.  His overseas deployments include Uganda, Cambodia, Thailand (for the tsunami relief operation), and Iraq and Afghanistan as an operations analyst.  He also works part-time as a battlefield tour guide at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.  His deep interest in military history led him to co-operate in the writing of this book while researching his own WW1 family connections. David is also currently the Vice-Captain of the 18th Battalion Memorial Rifle Club at Hornsby.


As his grandfather Stanley had served in the 19th Battalion in WW1, Wayne Matthews decided on Remembrance Day 2002 to start compiling the unit’s history. After being educated at Marist Brothers Hamilton, Wayne then worked for the Customs Department for 40 years. He is ex-President and life member of Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club.  He served his National Service time in 7 RAR and at the Army’s jungle training school at Canungra in South Queensland.  He is an active member of the Pelican Flat RSL Sub-Branch, south of Newcastle.

Wayne Matthews and David Wilson

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Welcome to the official website for FIGHTING NINETEENTH, a book by Wayne Matthews and David Wilson. This is where you will find the most up to date news and information.


If you are looking for a family member or relative who may have served in the 19th Battalion and you can not see his name in the text of the book, he is most likely listed in the Master Nominal Roll on the CD-ROM. The Master Nominal Roll contains 4842 names of men whom we have identified as serving in the unit. They are listed in alphabetical order by surname and each man's entry contains his basic service information. If you think a man has been left off the list, please let us know via the Contact Us link. If you need help using the CD-ROM, a quick start guide is available under ABOUT THE DISC > DISC HELP link.