Douglas Marks

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First name: Douglas

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Last name: Marks

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Colonel Douglas Gray Marks, bank clerk of Neutral Bay, Sydney applied for a commission in the A.I.F. aged 19 years, 21 Nov. 1914. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses, 22 December 1914 and commanded the 13th Battalion A.I.F. in action in Egypt, the Dardanelles and France. He was wounded in action at Gallipoli, 7 Aug. 1915 and in June 1916 he departed for France where he was wounded again, 11 Apr. 1917. After convalescence in England he departed for France, Aug. 1917. He returned to Australia on the Makura, Dec. 1918. He was awarded the White Eagle 5th Class and the Military Cross for services during the M.E.F. campaign, Sept.-Oct. 1916 and was awarded the DSO on 10 June 1918.
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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