Rydon, Harold Edwin
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First World War, 1914-1918
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Rydon, Harold Edwin (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.1970)
Memoir of the experiences of No 942 Lance Corporal (later Lieutenant) Harold Edwin Rydon of the 9 Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, AIF. Based on Rydon's personal war time diary. Includes some brief family details and particulars of a brother who served in the 1914-1918 war. Records enlistment, military training and competitions, transport overseas, life in Egypt, work as battalion postal orderly, the landing at Gallipoli (including a description of the tows) hospitalisation, recuperative leave in Cairo. On his return to his unit on Gallipoli, he comments on the stench from the shallow graves, the strength of the platoon, and the incidence of dysentry. Further evacuation from Gallipoli and later work at Horseferry Road on 28 Battalion Ledger and as allotments section clerk followed by 1916 transfer to the Royal Flying Corps.