Claude Cicognani diary, 1914 - 1915

Cicognani diary, 1 November 1914-September 1915 / Henry Claude Cicognani
MLMSS 1238
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Harry Cicognani, a commercial salesman of Glebe, N.S.W. was born in Gulgong, N.S.W. and was aged 26 when he enlisted in Sydney, 25 Aug. 1914. He embarked from Sydney on board Transport A14 Euripides, 20 Oct. 1914 and served with the 1st Field Ambulance in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. He was reported missing in action in France, 1 Sept. 1916, having been captured by the Germans at Mouquet Farm in August 1916 and interned at Dulmen in Germany. He was transferred to Holland in Feb. 1918, rejoined the 13th field Ambulance and remained in England until he returned to Australia on the Runic, 23 Sept. 1918

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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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