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Barwick, Archie Albert    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Hobart, TAS, Australia

Service Number: 914

Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Next of Kin: Barwick, G A (father)

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One of our Anzacs who was a diarist in World War One
Submitted by: Honouring Anzacs

Archie Albert Barwick, who joined the First AIF in Sydney in late August 1914 and was number 914, served right through the war on Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He returned to Australia in December 1918. 

On Gallipoli, Lance Corporal Barwick kept a diary, some of which may have been written in retrospect. This lasted from the landing of 25 April to the evacuation of his unit - the 1st Battalion, AIF - on the nights of 16-17 December 1915. 

Sections of his diary deal with his time on the island of Lemnos. He was there three times - the first before the landing, the second in October during a rest period for the 1st Battalion, and the last after the evacuation and before the battalion was shipped back to Egypt. 

The diary is very readable but Barwick used virtually no punctuation.

Barwick describes his war experiences in vivid detail, and with a great sense of courage and honesty, in 16 pocket-sized diaries. Acquired by the State Library of NSW in 1922, the diaries offer a compelling and often gripping narrative, penned by a natural storyteller whose distinctly Australian voice can be heard with each entry.

Judy Hassall remembers her father and his experience in the War. Judy shows a prayer book which Archie kept with him throughout the war. It's a very precious memento that is still kept by the family.

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