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Plevna: A Biography in Verse: Sir Charles “Plevna” Ryan (1853–1926) by Geoff Page UWA Publishing, 2016, 120 pages, $24.99   Plevna is a short biography, in free verse form, of Sir Charles “Plevna” Ryan, who became Surgeon General of the AIF in the First World War. Though the impact is uneven, Canberra poet Geoff Page’s verse produces some vivid descriptions of Ryan’s battlefield surgery at Gallipoli and earlier in the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-78—and on Ned Kelly after Kelly was badly wounded in the siege of Glenrowan in 1880, only to be hanged soon afterwards for the murder of police…

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