Diary of Arthur Thomas, 1916-1918

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Accession Number RCDIG0001096
Collection number 3DRL/2206
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 37 Image/s captured
Maker Thomas, Arthur G
Place made Belgium, France, United Kingdom: England, Western Front
Date made 1916-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Diary relating to the First World War service of 3470 Corporal Arthur Thomas, 6th Battalion. This diary was written by Thomas between 20 July 1916 and 5 June 1918 and it covers: building fortifications and digging trenches un protected in front of the Allied line out at night under direct German shell fire whilst soaking wet, tired, malnourished and often suffering from frostbite or trench foot; the Battle of Pozieres in July and August 1916 including the events in which his company lost over half its men; the battle at Mouquet Farm in August; the fighting towards Bapaume in November; his supervision of new reinforcements in early 1917; his time in England to where he was instructing the Australian reinforcements; his return to the Western Front in April 1918 and discover that in his absence most of his friends had died; fighting against Prussian guards. His last entries outlines how he found it "nerve wracking" to be continually under fire and how he was tired of the war. Arthur Thomas was killed in action by an artillery shell near Strazeele in France on 8 June 1918.