William Percival Sparkes

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First name: William

Middle name: Percival

Last name: Sparkes

Personal information:

Quartermaster-sergeant William.P. Sparkes of Brisbane, Queensland embarked on board HMAT A22 Rangatira, 25 Sept. 1914 and served in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade and 4th Divisional Artillery in Egypt, Gallipolli and France. He was wounded at Gallipoli May 1915, hospitalised in Alexandria and returned to Gallipoli until evacuation in Dec. 1915. He was transferred to 41st Battalion, 4th Divisional Artillery in Feb. 1916 and departed for France June 1916 where he remained until his discharge on 17 Oct. 1917

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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