Carroll, Percy Thomas (Private, b.1893 - d.1954)


Collection relating to the First World War service of 1101 Private Percy Thomas Carroll, 23rd Infantry Battalion, 1915-1917. Collection consists of a black covered diary spanning the period 8 May 1915 when he embarked from Melbourne, through to 28 February 1917 when he returned home. The diary describes his voyage to and training in Eqypt, service on Gallipoli, his evacuation to Lemnos and return to Egypt. In March 1916, Carroll proceeded to France where he describes his experience, including a detailed account of gunshot and shell wounds he sustained in late July 1916, the latter resulting in injuries that left him temporarily blind. After being evacuated to England he documents his medical treatment and convalescence at several hospitals before embarking from Plymouth for the voyage home via Sierra Leone. In the back of the diary are several images of women drawn or stencilled, along with various names and addresses. Also included are three photographic negatives of various unidentified people, along with a paper negative bag.