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

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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