|Collection type||Private Record|
|Measurement||1 wallet: 2 cm|
McInnis, Ronald Alison
|Place made||At sea, Australia, Belgium, Egypt, France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England|
|Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room.||AWM315 419/048/058|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
|Copying Provisions||Copying permitted subject to physical condition|
McInnis, Ronald Alison (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.1982)
Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Ronald Alison McInnis, 5 Field Company and 8 Field Company, RAE and later 53 Battalion AIF. Collection consists of a typescript collection, compiled by Lieutenant McInnis after WWI, of extracts from letters and diaries he wrote during his period of service. Related records of Lieutenant McInnis are held at PR82/128, PR00917 and G7432.G1 S65 x11.8e.
This collection provides a remarkable account of Lieutenant McInnis's experiences during in the First World War. McInnis notes at the conclusion of the collection that "in rewriting this diary I have refrained from adding anything from memory. It is purely a record of what was written at the time." McInnis served on Gallipoli with the 5th Field Company and was present at the Evacuation; with the 53rd Battalion he was a combatant at the Battle of Fromelles (of which he gives a detailed description), the 2nd Battle of Bullecourt, and Passchendaele. His 'diary' also contains a detailed and expressive account of his experience of being buried alive in his dugout, in October 1916.