Diary transcript of Reginald Harriman Heywood, 1917

Accession Number RCDIG0001207
Collection number PR04361
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 102 Image/s captured
Maker Heywood, Reginald Harriman
Place made At sea, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1917; Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.

Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of Captain Reginald Harriman Heywood, Australian Army Veterinary Corps (AAVC). Entries cover the period 12 May 1917 to 3 August 1917 in which Heywood records his journey to England on the troopship HMAT Benalla, life on board the ship and, in particular, how much it rolled. He writes of everyday life on board and several major incidents, including the near collision between the Benalla and the troopship HMAT Port Sydney. Heywood records the effects of his typhoid vaccination while on board, and of the stops at Durban, Cape Town and Freetown. Amongst the threat of German submarines, the ship eventually arrives in England, where Heywood records his time at Lark Hill camp. His entries are light-hearted and include character assessments of the people he encountered on board and the nicknames he gave them. The location of the original diary and the date and location this transcript was made is unknown.