Adlard, John Evan (Lieutenant, b.1888 - d.1980)

Accession Number 2DRL/0020
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 3 cm
Object type Diary, Typescript
Maker Adlard, Charles "Chas"
Adlard, John Evan
Place made Australia, Egypt, United Kingdom: England, Western Front
Date made 1915-1918; 1930; 2003
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/2572
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of 4352 Lieutenant John Evan Adlard, 1 Division Artillery, AIF, Australia, at sea, Egypt, Gallipoli, Malta, England, France, Western Front. Collection consists of three original diaries kept by Lieutenant Adlard from February 1915 until March 1918. Diaries are roughly bound together and enclosed within a black pouch. This collection also includes typescript extracts from Adlard's diaries, made in 1929 at Australia House, London, at the request of the Australian War Memorial, Melbourne, and a typescript copy of the complete diaries made by Adlard's son Charles 'Chas' Adlard in 2003. This typescript by Charles Adlard includes a short story titled "Life on a Shoestring" which describes John Evan Adlard earlier life, and another short story titled "Bites of Fright" by Chas Adlard. The typescript and short stories are also available at

History / Summary

In a letter which he wrote to the official secretary at Australia House, in September 1929 regarding his original diary, Lieutenant John Evan Adlard said: "It is the diary of a young man, but has the merit at least in that I wrote it day by day throughout my experiences; and had the good fortune to keep it intact to the end."

In a later letter which accompanied the original diary upon their formal presentation to the AWM, Adlard wrote: "Regrets in parting [with the diary], but my love of Australia impels me to do this small thing now that it appears to be really of some interest in the archives of the Australian people." (3 April 1913)

Lieutenant John Adlard's son, Chas Adlard, has made the contents of the diary available online at