Copy of Diary No.10 of Rupert Major Downes, 6 March - 29 July 1918

Accession Number AWM2017.6.212
Collection number 3DRL/0518
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 77 Image/s captured
Maker Downes, Rupert Major
Place made Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of Colonel Rupert Major Downes, Desert Mounted Corps. This diary written between 5 March and 29 July 1918 contains the carbon copies of the original diary and holds the missing the pages for the period 16 May to 17 June 1918.

This diary covers: his work as the Deputy Director of Medical Services of the Desert Mounted Corps listing the people he talks to and the places he visits; the scoping and the setting up of the headquarters near Beit Nabala; his thoughts on the withdrawal from Es Salt; his descriptions of the sites he sees in around Jerusalem and Bethlehem; His experience with having dental work done and his description of the battle of Abu Tellul.

Given that the binding is quite tight and the that the page were written using carbon paper, some pages will be hard to read in this diary.