James Baillie

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First name: James

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Last name: Baillie

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Private James Baillie, a labourer of North Sydney, New South Wales, was 28 years old when he enlisted, 22 Dec. 1914 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee, 11 February 1915. He was a member of the 13th Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade. A.I.F. He fought throughout the Gallipoli campaign from the first landing on 25 April 1915 to the final withdrawal on 20 December 1915. He was wounded in action, 11 Aug. 1916 and returned to Australia on the Benalla, 13 Feb. 1917

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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