DIARY ENTR Y
ARCHIE BARWICK was 24 when war broke out, and he couldn’t wait to join up, leaving the sheep station he was managing at Woolbrook in northern NSW to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force at Randwick on August 24, 1914. According to the National Anzac Centre, he feared his short stature (he was 162cm, or five feet four inches) would exclude him, and when he was accepted, he did somersaults of joy. He fought at Gallipoli, the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre before returning to Australia to continue his farming career, living near Armidale until 1966 when he died aged 76. This diary entry is written from England, to where he was evacuated after severe chest injuries from a shell explosion on the battlefields of France.