I have many enquiries about my research and the book I published about Major James Thomas, infantry officer and lawyer who defended Lieutenant Morant, Handcock and Witton at the courts martial1902.
The book's title: Ready, Aim, Fire - Major James Francis Thomas - The Fourth Victim in the Execution of Harry 'Breaker' Morant”
The book is dedicated to the memory of Major James Francis Thomas who was relegated to history without an understanding of who he was and the part he played in the dynamic development of the town of Tenterfield in New South Wales, Australia, as a property owner, solicitor, newspaper proprietor, historian, poet, proponent for Australian nationalism, volunteer soldier. How he came to serve in the Boer War, yet destined to die alone from malnutrition, destitute having suffered from the stress of what he experienced in representing Morant, Handcock and Witton as their trial lawyer.
This book acknowledges Thomas’ sacrifice he made in acting for his clients, a task that took a terrible toll on his mental and physical health and his life in Tenterfield.
Geoffrey Robertson AO, QC, international jurist and author: James Unkles Book
“It is an awesome responsibility for a defence lawyer to try to save the life of a client – as I know from my own death row practice. This fascinating book tells the story of a country solicitor called upon at the last moment to defend three Australian soldiers facing a British military establishment determined to execute them and to cover up its own failings. The trial was outrageously unfair by today’s standards, and even by rules of the time, but Major James Thomas did his best – which is all you can do. A worthy contribution to literature on miscarriage of justice.”