Typescript copy diary of Thomas Walter White, November 1915-December 1918

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Accession Number RCDIG0001333
Collection number 2DRL/0766
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Typescript
Physical description 155 Image/s captured
Maker White, Thomas Walter
Place made Mesopotamia
Date made 1915-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Typescript diary relating to the captivity, during the First World War, of Captain Thomas Walter White, Mesopotamian Half Flight, Australian Flying Corps. In this diary kept between, November 1915 -December 1918, White details his capture near Baghdad, his arrival at Afion Kara Hissar camp, Turkey, via Mosul and Aleppo and his escape from the Turks. He writes about the conditions and treatment that he and other prisoners endured during captivity. Throughout White’s diary he records plays and theatre scripts and sports that he participated in, the price of food and snippets of war news. He describes the landscape and cultures he sees during his imprisonment and records fellow prisoner’s captures and exploits. Due to the small nature of White’s writing, some parts of the copy might not be true to the original.