James Purser Irwin

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First name: James

Middle name: Purser

Last name: Irwin

Personal information:

Private James P Irwin. Signaller J. P. Irwin of Melbourne enlisted Feb. 1916, embarked Melb on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire, served with the 21st Battalion in France, was invalided 1917 and returned to Australia where he was discharged Jan. 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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