ID number 2DRL/0786
Title Richards, Thomas James MC (Lieutenant, b.1882 - d.1935)
Record type Collection
Item count 8
Collection Private Record
Object type Diary
Maker Richards, Thomas James "Rusty"
Places made
  • Australia;
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli;
  • United Kingdom: England;
  • Western Front;
Date made 1914-1916
Measurement 1 box: 18 cm
Access Open


Extensive diaries kept by Lieutenant Richards while serving with 1 Battalion, AIF. Covers period from July 1914 to May 1918. After enlisting in the AIF in June 1914, Richards served on Gallipoli and the Western Front. He saw action in many of the major battles and at Bullecourt was awarded the Military Cross. By the middle of 1918, he was no longer fit for duty due to battle injuries and the effects of gas. He returned to Australia in August 1918. Richards was also noted for his sporting prowess, representing Australia in Rugby Union. He won a gold medal at the 1908 Olympics in London, playing for the Wallabies. Includes typed copies of diaries.