Diary of Theodor Milton Pflaum, 1915-1916

Accession Number RCDIG0001103
Collection number PR00503
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 34 Image/s captured
Maker Pflaum, Theodor Milton
Place made At sea, Egypt
Date made 1915-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of Corporal Theodor Milton Pflaum, 8th Machine Gun Company. This diary contains entries ranging from 18 November 1915 to 17 June 1916 and covers: embarkation with the 32nd Battalion in November 1915, the troopship voyage to Egypt; news of the death of General William Throsby Bridges; disembarkation at Egypt; the military camp outside Ismailia and the various nationalities of troops there; sightseeing in Egypt; going into the trenches on the Suez Canal in December 1915; Christmas 1915; the weather conditions, including the havoc caused by sandstorms; trench digging on the Suez Canal in early 1916; the sailors of HMS Jupiter; the return of the Gallipoli troops to Egypt in by January 1916; the visit to Cairo and the pyramids; training marches in the heat, including one march where ten members of the 14th Battalion died; the lack of water; going into the trenches near Ferry Post in April 1916; further training in late April and early May; hospitalisation in May; the death of Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener; embarking from Alexandria for France in June.