McLennan, William Rae (Private, b.1882 - d.1935)

Unit 2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Places
Accession Number 3DRL/0749
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 cm
Object type Diary, Biographical notes
Maker McLennan, William Rae
Date made 1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/068/001
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the First World War service of 721 Private William Rae McLennan, 2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion in France and Belgium. Collection consists of two original diaries, one maroon leather bound covering the period 1 January to 9 September 1918, France and Belgium; the other blue cardboard bound covering 10 to 27 September 1918, with additional loose diary pages in back. The diaries are very detailed and give good accounts of service activities, gas attacks (McLennan was gassed several times) and ornithological observations (he was a keen bird watcher). Also included in this collection is a biographical note related to the ornithological work of McLennan compiled by Jack Jones.