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Paterson, Andrew Barton    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Narrambla, NSW, Australia

Service Number: Major

Place of Enlistment: N/A

Next of Kin: Paterson, Alice Emily (wife)

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Banjo Paterson sails with first AIF Convoy in November 1914 from Albany in Western Australia
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Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson who wrote 'Waltzing Matilda' and  'The Man from Snow River', left our Australian shores at Albury in Western Australia with thousands of Australians and New Zealanders  (ANZACS) on the first AIF Convoy and sailed for Europe to join the allied forces at the beginning of World War One.

Paterson grew up on his family property near Yass, New South Wales. He was a keen  polo player and amateur jockey, a city man and worked as a solicitor. At he beginning of  First World War Paterson left Australia with the first AIF convoy in October 1914 as a press representative and eventually went to England while the troops stayed in Egypt before going to Gallipoli. He ended up in France, working for a while driving ambulances for the Australian Voluntary Hospital and returned home in 1915. He was commissioned in the AIF and because of his experience with horses was sent to the Middle East, where was promoted to major and commanded the Australian Remount Squadron.

He returned to journalism after the war and was an Australian celebrity until his death in 1941.

Banjo Paterson sailed with thousands of troops from Albury in that first AIF convoy 

"In October 1914, Albany in Western Australia was the gathering point for ships carrying the AIF and NZEF, which were later to become collectively known as the "Anzacs".  Merchant ships carrying troops from New Zealand, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria departed from Albany on 1 November 1914, together with three cruisers – HMA Ships Melbourne and Sydney and the HMS Minotaur.  They were joined at sea two days later by two ships carrying troops from South Australia and Western Australia, along with the Japanese cruiser, HIJMS Ibuki.  A second convoy departed in late December 1914. 

Albany is the last Australian port these troops saw before commencing their training in Egypt and, for the majority, ultimately taking part in landings at Gallipoli from 25 April 1915."

(Source: http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/program/faq.htm)

A special Albany Convoy Commemorative Event will be held from October 30 to November 2nd 2014 as part of the Anzac Centenary

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