Gerald Archibald Balme

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First name: Gerald

Middle name: Archibald

Last name: Balme

Personal information:

Gerald Archibald Balme, insurance inspector of Geelong, Victoria embarked on HMAT A16 Port Melbourne 21 Oct. 1916 and fought with the 29th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement in France and Belgium. He was gassed 18 Mar. 1918 and admitted to the County of Middlesex War Hospital, St. Albans. He attended Senior Officers School, Aldershot July-Aug. 1918 and returned to Australia on the Port Melbourne 5 July 1919. Private on enlost, Staff Serg on NR

Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.
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