Photocopied diary of Percy George Rupert Parkes, 1917-1918

Accession Number AWM2018.785.26
Collection number PR85/195
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 122 Image/s captured
Maker Parkes, Percy George Rupert
Place made France, United Kingdom: England, United Kingdom: Scotland
Date made 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Photocopied diary relating to the First World War service of Captain Percy George Rupert Parkes, 23rd Infantry Battalion, May 1917 - May 1918.

In the third and final diary written by Percy George Rupert Parkes, the author opens at Boulogne just after commencing leave, where he remarks on hundreds of vehicles in the vicinity transporting wounded to nearby hospital ships. Upon arriving in London, he embarks on sightseeing activities and expresses feelings of agitation in response to the noise and bustle of the city given his recent experiences on the front line before departing for the quieter environs of Edinburgh.

Upon returning to France, Parkes proceeds to document a two-month period behind the front lines in the vicinity of Warloy-Baillon. He remarks on briefly taking charge of the 23rd Infantry Battalion and ongoing changes to command roles within his unit in addition to recording the training and recreational activities of the unit. During this period he also makes note of receiving recommendations for his service, related communications with commanding officers and his surprise at being awarded the Military Cross and Bar in short succession.

Parkes proceeds to England at short notice in July 1917, and subsequently documents his role training reinforcements at Rollestone Camp over a period of six months. He provides an insight into operations at Rollestone, assuming command of the training program, his impressions of camp life and his broader activities exploring the country. During this period he also discusses a horse-riding accident resulting in a month-long stint in hospital, and remarks on visiting Buckingham Palace for the investiture of his Military Cross by King George V. The remaining diary entries largely encompass his secondment to the British Army instructing cadets at Cambridge.

Please note that Parkes begins this diary on 8 May 1917, and reverts to the beginning of the diary for entries commencing in January 1918.