William Holmes

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First name: William

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Last name: Holmes

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General William Holmes served in the Boer War, where he saw operations in Cape Colony, Orange Free State, and Transvaal Nov. 1899-Aug. 1900 He was wounded at Diamond Hill 12th June, 1900 and awarded the D.S.O. He commanded the 1st Australian Infantry from 1902 to 1911, was promoted to colonel and appointed to command the 6th Infantry Brigade in 1912. During WWI Holmes commanded the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which sailed from Sydney on HMAS Berrima,19 Aug. 1914. After the German governor surrendered Holmes became administrator of New Guinea until Jan. 1915. In March 1915 he was appointed commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade with the rank of colonel and served at the front line at Gallipoli and in France. He was killed at the Messines battlefield, 2 July 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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