|Unit||41st Australian Infantry Battalion|
|Place||Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux|
|Collection type||Private Record|
|Measurement||1 wallet: 1 cm|
Archbold, William James
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux|
|Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room.||AWM93 12/11/2654|
First World War, 1914-1918
|Copying Provisions||Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition|
Archbold, William James (Private, b.1898 - d.1918)
Collection relating to service of 3257 Private William James Archbold, 41 Battalion, England and France, c 1916-c 1918. Collection of typewritten extracts from the diary kept by Archbold detailing camp life in England and active service in France. Extracts made by Australian War Memorial in 1929. Location of originals unknown.
A dry sense of humour is displayed in these extracts, for example, an officer is described as a "Two Star Artist"; a meal is described as consisting of "apologies for shortages in tea, Bullybeef and ANZAC wafers", and a rail carriage is described as having "hexagonal" wheels.
Biographical note: 3257 Private William James Archbold, 41 Battalion, Australian Infantry. Killed in action, Villers-Brettoneux, 26 May 1918. Age 20. Son of James and Mary Archbold, of Newbury Junction, Mackay, Queensland.