ID number2DRL/0786
Collection typePrivate Record
TitleRichards, Thomas James MC (Lieutenant, b.1882 - d.1935)
Measurement1 box: 18 cm
Object typeDiary
MakerRichards, Thomas James 'Rusty'
Place made
  • Australia
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
  • United Kingdom: England
  • Western Front
Date made1914-1918
DescriptionExtensive diaries kept by Lieutenant Richards while serving with 1 Battalion, AIF. Covers period from July 1914 to May 1918. After enlisting in the AIF in June 1914, Richards served on Gallipoli and the Western Front. He saw action in many of the major battles and at Bullecourt was awarded the Military Cross. By the middle of 1918, he was no longer fit for duty due to battle injuries and the effects of gas. He returned to Australia in August 1918. Richards was also noted for his sporting prowess, representing Australia in Rugby Union. He won a gold medal at the 1908 Olympics in London, playing for the Wallabies. Includes typed copies of diaries.
Vol. 1: Diaries of Thomas James Richards, 26 August 1914 - 24 April 1915
Vol. 2: Diaries of Thomas James Richards, 25 April 1915 - 25 January 1916
Vol. 3: Diaries of Thomas James Richards, 26 January - 8 November 1916
Vol. 4: Diaries of Thomas James Richards, 9 November 1916 - 31 May 1918