Argyle, Douglas Roy (Private, b.1893 - d.1916)

Unit 6th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number 1DRL/0050
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Argyle, Douglas Roy
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915-1916
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/2673
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of 4562 Private Douglas Roy Argyle, 6 Battalion, Gallipoli, 1915-1916. Collection consists of a diary compiled while Argyle was serving at Gallipoli.

History / Summary

Diary entries cover conditions in the trenches at Gallipoli, meals taken and artillery exchanges with the Turks. Argyle offers some reflective comments, for example, "war is awful when one comes to think of it" and, on reading in a newspaper that 6,222 men enlisted in Victoria in one week, Argyle expresses relief as "we want help". Inscription in diary "To the one who reads this book. I'm not too good at spelling etc and I've written this under fire most of the time so please excuse mistakes etc. It's not exactly a diary it's like a letter to someone which is meant to be read at the end of the war".

Biographical note: 2107 & 4562 Private Douglas Roy Argyle. 6 Battalion, AIF. Killed in action, France, 20 October 1917. Age 24. Son of Edward and Elizabeth Mary Argyle, of 6 Devonshire Rd., East Malvern, Victoria. Native of Kerang, Victoria.