William Percival Sparkes

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First name: William

Middle name: Percival

Last name: Sparkes

Personal information:

Quartermaster-sergeant William.P. Sparkes of Brisbane, Queensland embarked on board HMAT A22 Rangatira, 25 Sept. 1914 and served in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade and 4th Divisional Artillery in Egypt, Gallipolli and France. He was wounded at Gallipoli May 1915, hospitalised in Alexandria and returned to Gallipoli until evacuation in Dec. 1915. He was transferred to 41st Battalion, 4th Divisional Artillery in Feb. 1916 and departed for France June 1916 where he remained until his discharge on 17 Oct. 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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