Diary of Frederick William Gadsby Annand, 1918

Accession Number AWM2016.30.72
Collection number PR89/034
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 11
Object type Diary, Papers
Physical description 91 Image/s captured
Maker Annand, Frederick William Gadsby
Place made France, United Kingdom
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Diary relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick William Gadsby Annand, 2nd Pioneer Battalion. The entries in this diary span the period 1 January to 31 December 1917 and detail Annand’s continuing command of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion. He writes of the work of the Battalion in supporting the 2nd Division through the German Spring Offensive and during the Hundred Days Offensive. In particular, Annand writes of the Battalion’s role at the Battle of Montbrehain on 5 October 1918, during which the men were used as infantry in the assault on the village, suffering over one hundred dead and wounded. For his actions he would be awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Also included in this file are various items that were contained within the diary, including the calling cards of various acquaintances, a map of the London Underground, and a telegram and note relating to the Battalion’s participation at Montbrehain.

This file contains:
Diary of Frederick William Gadsby Annand, 1918
Note detailing the casualties sustained by the 2nd Pioneer Battalion during the attack on Montbrehain, 5 October 1918;
Telegram from Commander, Royal Engineers, 2nd Australian Division, to Commanding Officer, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, [1918];
Note wishing Annand a Happy New Year, [1918];
List of names with associated birthdays, n.d.;
Newspaper advertisement for Malley's "Chip" Heater, n.d.;
Map of the London Underground, n.d.;
Calling card for Lieutenant Colonel F. G. W. Annand;
Calling card for Mrs. H. D. Boret [annotated with address of "Percy Pair Esq."];
Calling card for Dr. G. Flexer;
Calling card for Lady Frances Ryder, Countess of Harrowby [annotated on rear with "Easton Stat."].