Brian Coldin Antill Pockley

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First name: Brian

Middle name: Coldin Antill

Last name: Pockley

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Brian Coldin Antill Pockley, medical practitioner of North Sydney, was appointed Captain in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 18 Aug. 1914. He was the first Australian officer to be killed in action during World War I, when going to the aid of W.G.V. Williams, who became the first Australian serviceman to die, at Bita Paka, Rabaul 11 Sept. 1914.

Military parade, Macquarie Street, Sydney
A birthday treat(y) signals a short-lived period of world peace

Being an ardent pacifist I was delighted to discover that the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June – my birthday!  An examination of the souvenir programme, Victory Celebrations (Signing of Peace), revealed a route  that was to pass in front of the original Mitchell Library.  Further searching of the Library’s collections revealed this magnificent photo of the event.
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