Donkin, Reginald Lyons (Private, b.? - d.1915)

Unit 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
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Accession Number 2DRL/0069
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary, Typescript, Documents
Maker Donkin, Reginald Lyons
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1930
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/2542
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the service of 817 Private Reginald Lyons Donkin, 1 Battalion, AIF, at sea, Egypt, Gallipoli, 1914-1915. Collection consists of a typescript copy of a diary kept by Private Donkin between October 1914 and December 1915; a typescript copy of an urgent telegram sent to Archdeacon Tollis of East Maitland, conveying the news of Donkin's death; and a typescript copy of a letter of condolence sent to Donkin's mother by her nephew Private Roy Anderson, 7 Battalion, AIF. Copies made in 1930, in Melbourne. Location of originals unknown.

History / Summary

The collection is notable for the vivid and detailed descriptions Donkin gives of his experiences on Gallipoli in general, and of the Landing at Anzac Cove and the first days of the Battle of Lone Pine in particular.