Carry Me Home

The life and death of Private Jake Kovco

Dan Box
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This is the definitive story of the tragic death of Private Jake Kovco.

'A cool-eyed and highly readable account of how a tragedy turned into a nightmare for an Australian family, victims of institutionalised dick-headery. Is this really the best we can do for those our government puts in harm's way?' GEOFFREY ROBERTSON QC

Jake Kovco was the first Australian soldier to die in Iraq: killed by a single shot to the head from his own army-issue pistol. Shockingly, his body went missing, and the corpse of a Bosnian carpenter was brought home in his place.

Nothing about Private Kovco's death nor the events that followed was simple: evidence from the scene of his death was lost, the Military Police themselves wrote large parts of witness statements, and his funeral became a political event. His family dismissed the military inquiry that followed as a cover-up and called for a coronial inquest they hoped would reveal the truth. It unearthed painful truths no mother should have to hear publicly said about her son.

Carry Me Home is the compelling inside story of Jake, the man and the soldier, including the two year investigation into his death and the systematic failure of the military's response.

Author bio:

Dan Box covered the military inquiry and coronial inquest into Jake Kovco's death for The Australian newspaper from Sydney. He currently lives in Wanarn, in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of central Australia.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781741752748
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: July 2008
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography: general