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Great-grandson of Sir John Monash, ‘his life had been a preparation’

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Described by some as one of the finest military brains history, Sir John Monash has been credited with turning the tide of World War One in 1918.

This Anzac Day marks the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux, a major new addition to the Australian remembrance trail in France and Belgium.

Recently there has been debate over whether Monash should be posthumously promoted to field marshal, the highest rank in the Australian Army, in recognition of his WWI efforts.

The Prime Minister supported the move in 2013, but has since backflipped on his decision.

To find out more about the man, Alan Jones speaks with Monash’s great-grandson, Michael Bennett.

Monash died 25 years before Michael was born, but he’s described to Alan the stories that were passed down.

“I think [my family] all felt some level of family duty to make sure his story on a personal side, and the breadth of the man, was understood.

“His life had been a preparation.

“He was that rare bread. He was a scholar, he was an engineer.”

Listen to the full interview below 

Image: Australian War Memorial