The first shot…

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fired by the British Empire in World War I wasn’t on the battlefields of Europe – it came from a windswept fort south of Melbourne, half a world away.

THAT moment – 100 years ago on Tuesday – will be marked with a ceremony at the former military base where a 24-year-old Australian soldier fired on the German merchant ship, SS Pfalz, which was attempting to flee Melbourne less than four hours after hostilities began.

Who’d a thought it?

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