Typescript diary of Henry Herbert Neaves


Typescript memoir relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Henry Herbert Neaves, 45th Battalion. This memoir covers his activities between March 1916 and March 1919 and mentions: the formation of the 45th battalion in Egypt and its early movements; his duties as company quartermaster sergeant with managing supplies issued to the battalion; movement of the battalion including map references as well as the movement of supplies and the names of the units which they relieve; his thoughts and the discussion held by his company about the referendum in 1916; the living conditions during his stays in various towns on the western front; His leave times in England and Cote d'Azur; His wounding in August of 1918; detailed accounts of the offensives engaged by the Battalion including the first battle of Bullecourt, First Battle for Passchendaele, the battle at Pozières, and the battle at Hamel even and some that he was not part of. All throughout the memoir are anecdotal stories about members of his unit and the people he meets at part of his billets around the western front.
Also included in the memoir are documents 'Notes on War Diary' for the period 1 June 1916 - 23 February 1919 and 'Monthly 'Reports on Q.M. and Transport Sections' for the period June 1918 to March 1919.

This Memoir was copied from the original by the crown solicitor office in approximately 1933. The current location of the original is unknown