Archbold, William James (Private, b.1898 - d.1918)

Unit 41st Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Accession Number 1DRL/0049
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Archbold, William James
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Date made 1929
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/2654
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

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.

History / Summary

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.