Whether they consist of brief notes about the weather conditions or the chow, or more elaborate entries about losing a comrade, original diaries stand as unmediated records of the war in the years following world war i, these diaries were often used by veterans (or their family members) as the basis for. Albert woodman's entries provide details of life in dunkirk during final days of conflict. With the advent of the world wide web, an opportunity arose for the descendants of many survivors to publish fragments of diary entries for the education and interest of others this section of the website brings together a collection of such pages also featured within this section are personal narratives written by survivors. George walter adams was born in england in 1896 he emigrated to canada where he lived with his widowed mother in toronto he enlisted in toronto in october, 1916, and served overseas with the 7th battalion, canadian railway troops the collection consists of thirteen letters and his diary entries during the war. Groans and moans blood and pus it must have been a shock swapping life in surrey for a hospital tent in france but that's exactly what peggy arnold did during the first world war exactly 100 years after she died, we remember peggy's heroic work and the thousands of women like her who volunteered. Many people kept personal accounts of the events during the first world war in diary form, and published them later in russia, during the war and for he put down diary entries almost every day, but his diary is a diary of a historian, rather than a private individual or a witness very little is written about his. We are interested in diaries, letters, unpublished manuscripts, collections of memorabilia and souvenirs of members of all military services, medical staff, volunteer workers, employees of government agencies and news correspondents for the american expeditionary forces in the first world war if you have a website, we. The harrowing but humorous memoir of a british army officer who survived the horrors of trench warfare during the first world war has been soldier's diary of the first world war in one entry he describes his annoyance at having to stop smoking to shoot a german who had gained entry to the trench.
Eric rapkins' world war i diary is a harrowing account of the 1915 gallipoli landing and the five days that followed his entries are at times candid and at times gut-wrenching now his grandson john rapkins shares those recollections. The british national archives is posting 15 million pages of world war i diaries online the personal accounts provide new insight into the lives of the troops who fought the war that began 100 years ago everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sight of battle and war, reads one entry. Learn about the way of life for trench warfare soldiers in world war i. Other entries record the experiences of the 4th dragoon guards who fought in the battle of mons, the first major action of the war for the british expeditionary force in august 1914 there are also diaries from soldiers of the 5th (royal irish) lancers who saw action continuously between 1914 and 1918 and.
The diary entries expose trench life and the horrors of war (image: sunday mirror) when leave was cancelled, he wrote: “feeling blue weather rotten, everything rotten” another entry said: “constant rain makes everything damp and one goes up to the observation post through a sea of mud” two weeks. Diary entries experiences of a british soldier picture many of the combatants of the first world war recorded the daily events of their experiences in the form of a diary some were published after the war and have become celebrated many more, however, remained tucked away in cupboard drawers for years, unpublished. Louis crawford is my grandfather, and i inherited his mementos from world war i from his letters, his journal, and his photographs, i have been able to put together a picture of a man who, because of his patriotism and the outbreak of war, unexpectedly came to fall in love with flying louis trains hard at oglethorpe, but an.
Operation war diary the story of the british army on the western front during the first world war is waiting to be discovered in 15 million pages of unit war diaries we need your help to reveal the stories of those who fought in the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today get started. Please rate and comment on my two diary entries of my trench diary btw, i am in yr9 and i am taking history next year please comment thanks 17th february 1916 dear diary, it has just gone past 5am and i am lying still underneath my rat- infested blanket i am writing my first ever diary entry, using the.
One of the most graphic accounts of world war i, the diary of german author ernst jünger, has been published for the first time its dispassionate description of life and death on the western front is a cold indictment of war -- even though jünger embraced the conflict throughout as a glorious test of. Listen to josh devins narrate the diary entry of canadian soldier a t hunter about the first use of chlorine gas as a weapon in wwi the french troops “saw none of this installation of premeditated murder looking across to the german trenches at about five in the afternoon, they saw a series of sharp puffs of white smoke. We're digitising a large selection from the library's diaries and letters from world war i there are many hundreds of them to choose from captain alexander mccoll's diary entry for 25-26 april echoes the excitement seen in many war diaries, as the soldiers leave lemnos and steam towards gallipoli.
Extracts from the diary of sergeant d moriarty, who fought the turks at gallipoli. Information for family historians about british army war diaries for world war 1.
Sergeant horace stanley's harrowing diary entries and remarkable collection of photos from the front have been unearthed a century after they were captured in ypres and the somme. Reveals graphic details about the day to day life of soldiers fighting in ww1 although the location is not revealed in the article, the scenes could be imagined anywhere along the western front the diary entries were originally printed in the guardian, known then as the manchester guardian newspaper.
After world war i, institutions like the australian war memorial and the state library of victoria offered their services as receiving archives for families who wished encouraged members of their families who fought to compile their reflections and diary entries into bound volumes or submit the original pocket diaries of their. Wwi medical memoirs and diaries from a surgeon's journal 1915-1918 the wartime journal of dr harvey cushing, the famous neurosurgeon who served during the war with the harvard unit at the ambulance américaine the military memoirs of dr dark 1915 - 1919 dr eric payton dark, mc. The secret diaries of a first world war british army officer tell of life in the trenches, of rats and death and a longing to return home. Hmnzt tahiti left new zealand on july 10, 1918, and, after stops in australia and south africa, joined a military convoy in freetown, sierra leone, in western africa this voyage was among the last to supply new new zealand reinforcements to europe during wwi 10 july (diary entry, day of embarkment,.