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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - ARMISTICE DAY CENTENARY -

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.

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