Archie Albert Barwick

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First name: Archie

Middle name: Albert

Last name: Barwick

Personal information:

Private on enlist, Sergeant on Nom Roll, 1st Battalion, C Company ; awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. He embarked from Sydney on board Transport A19 Afric, 18 Oct. 1914 and disembarked in Egypt for training on 9 December and served as a Corporal, later Sergeant, in C Company, 1st Battalion, A.I.F. He embarked for the Dardenelles on 4 April 1915 and fought there in the Gallipoli campaign. From 1916 to 1918 he served in France and Belgium and was wounded on 5 Nov. 1916, again on 8 April 1917 and again on 5 Apr. 1918. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre, July 1918. After convalescence he left England for Australia December 1918.

Judy Hassall recounts her father bringing her in the late 1940s into the Mitchell Library to see his diaries. Judy reflects on how this changed her understanding of her father.

Judy Hassall remembers her father and his experience in the War. Judy shows a prayer book which Archie kept with him throughout the war. It's a very precious memento that is still kept by the family.


Archie Albert Barwick's Stories

Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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