William Pickersgill

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First name: William

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Last name: Pickersgill

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William Pickersgill, lead burner, of Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia, enlisted in Perth, 10 Nov. 1915 and embarked for Egypt on HMAT A28 Miltiades, 12 Feb. 1916. He served with the 16th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 4th Division in France and Belgium. He was wounded in action in France 1 Aug. 1916 and on 6 March 1917 was transported on hospital ship Port Elizabeth for England where he was treated for trench feet. He attended Australian Corp Signalling School in Aug. 1918 and returned to Australia on the Anchises, 28 Feb. 1919

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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