Henry Weston Pryce

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First name: Henry

Middle name: Weston

Last name: Pryce

Personal information:

Henry Weston Pryce, a business organiser of Waverley, New South Wales enlisted 31 May 1916, aged 25 and embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln, 20 Oct. 1916. He served with the 6th Reinforcements 9th Machine Gun Company in France, where he was wounded in action, 1 Oct. 1917. He returned to Australia 25 Nov. 1917. He began contributing to the Sun newspaper under the pseudonym Gunner 397, and was invited to join the staff. He wrote a column as Peter Persnurkus from 1922 and was feature editor.

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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