|Unit||1st Australian Infantry Battalion|
|Collection type||Private Record|
|Measurement||1 wallet: 1 cm|
|Object type||Diary, Typescript, Documents|
Donkin, Reginald Lyons
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room.||AWM93 12/11/2542|
First World War, 1914-1918
Donkin, Reginald Lyons (Private, b.? - d.1915)
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.
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.