Gerald Archibald Balme

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First name: Gerald

Middle name: Archibald

Last name: Balme

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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

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.

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