Second World War veteran Jack Hanson talks to Maryborough RSL president Bob Evans at the launch of a book about his military career titled The White Ghost.
Second World War veteran Jack Hanson talks to Maryborough RSL president Bob Evans at the launch of a book about his military career titled The White Ghost. Robyne Cuerel

Book tells M'boro veteran’s extraordinary story

THE story of Second World War veteran Jack Hanson sets a fine example for future Australians, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says.

The Federal Member for Wide Bay has welcomed the launch of the book, The White Ghost, which records the remarkable military service of the Maryborough veteran.

"Jack Hanson served and defended his country with distinction, at great peril to himself and under difficult circumstances," Mr Truss said.

"I was happy to fulfil a request by local writer and researcher, Ms Toni McRae, to contribute a foreword for her account of Mr Hanson's experiences.

"Mr Hanson's story, is a typical example of how farmers, workers and Australians of various civilian occupations came together to form a professional army force, that would build upon the reputation of Australians who had fought before them, as soldiers of formidable daring, bravery and effectiveness on the battlefield.

"I am pleased to recommend this book, which I am sure will be treasured and kept by Jack's family, as well as being added to the Maryborough RSL and Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum's excellent archives.

"This story is a great account of the moral and physical fibre of Jack and his mates, and it will set a fine example for future Australians."