Diary transcript of Reginald Harriman Heywood, 1918-1919

Accession Number RCDIG0001209
Collection number PR04361
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 121 Image/s captured
Maker Heywood, Reginald Harriman
Place made At sea, Belgium, France, United Kingdom: England, Western Front
Date made 1918-1919; 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 18 July 1918 to 31 June 1919, in which Heywood details his service in the final months of the war and his subsequent journey back to Australia. Entries include light-hearted descriptions of his experiences and the people he encounters, and his work as commanding officer of the 4th Australian Mobile Veterinary Section (AMVS), including the work evacuating and treating diseased and wounded horses, often in terrible weather. He provides commentary on the progress of the war and the actions of various Allied and German forces, preparations for the Battle of Amiens, and his observations upon passing through the city. Heywood also writes of the increasing numbers of German prisoners of war, his observations of captured German lines, the Hindenburg Line offensives in September and October 1918, and the days surrounding the armistice on 11 November 1918. He writes of his visits to London and Paris, and also the various roles he performed in northern France and Belgium after the armistice including facilitating the post-war sale of horses at auction. With the cessation of hostilities, Heywood records the demobilisation of forces in 1919 and his journey back to Australia on HMAT Nestor. His last entry is dated 31 June 1919 and is a summary of and reflection on his service and the war. As an addendum Heywood has included a list of Allied casualty figures and the first verse of the Walt Whitman poem 'To thee, old cause.' The location of the original diary and the date and location this transcript was made is unknown.