John Byrne

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First name: John

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Last name: Byrne

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Judith Saunders has compiled an account of her father's and uncle's service in World War 1, using the older brother's letters home. John (Jack) Byrne,aged 25, served with the 3rd Division, part of the 9th Brigade, in France and Belgium, and took part in the battle of Messines Ridge from June 1917. The 3rd Division was relieved in October. Among the reinforcements was Private William Byrne, aged 22. Jack returned to Messines Ridge after leave in December. In March 1918 Jack Byrne received wounds to his chest and leg and did not return to active service. William Byrne fought on the Somme from March 1917 and took part in the "Great Push" of August 8 1918, at the battle of Amiens. Seriously wounded he was in hospital in England by the end of August. In April 1919 Jack was discharged and in May William followed.

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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