Wheat, John Harrison (Able Seaman, HMAS AE2, RAN d.1953)

Units
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey
Accession Number 3DRL/2965
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Diary
Maker Wheat, John Harrison
Date made c 1920
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/114/004
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

A carbon copy typescript of diary kept by Able Seaman John Harrison Wheat while Prisoner of War (POW) in a Turkish POW camp. Describes construction of submarine AE2, vessel's subsequent history, voyages, work in the Dardanelles and sinking on 30 April 1915 in the Sea of Marmora. It describes experiences as a POW of the Turks 1915-1918, including work on Tarsus Mountains railway, and two escape attemps from Gelebek and release. The diary also contains an account by A.C. Nichols (also from the AE2) of prisoner of war life at St. Stefano and subsequent release.