Accounts relating to Herbert Austin Bailey, 1918-1919

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Accession Number AWM2018.19.42
Collection number PR90/018
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 6
Object type Papers
Physical description 63 Image/s captured
Maker Bailey, Herbert Austin
Place made France, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1918-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Accounts relating to the First World War service of 19636 Sapper Herbert Austin Bailey, 15th Field Company, Australian Engineers, England, France 12 April [1918 - c. 1919].

These accounts by Bailey primarily comprise long and detailed descriptions of his activities and observations with the 15th Field Company whilst on active service in England and France. He provides an insight into his varied role as a Sapper and the associated engineering activities of the 15th Field Company ranging from clearing trenches and laying duckboards through to the reconnaissance of transport routes, repair of damaged roads and bridges, and construction of quarters.

Bailey often describes his observations of travelling on roads crammed with men, vehicles and vast amounts of material, and the challenges of traversing transport routes damaged by shelling and churned up by traffic after wet weather. He notes passing towns in ruins and refugees living in lamentable conditions, and mentions encounters with American, Canadian, Indian and Chinese troops.

Bailey also provides vivid descriptions of devastated landscapes following the Battle of Amiens, the Capture of Peronne and the Hindenburg Line offensive. He reflects on salvaging material from battlefields strewn with the bodies of fallen soldiers and dead animals, and soldiers surveying these scenes for souvenirs. He also comments on captured material being sorted and sent to Australia in preparation for a new war museum.

This file contains:

Account of active service by Herbert Austin Bailey, England, France 12-13 April [1918] [Account is incomplete and appears to have been rewritten after the war at an unknown date];
Account of active service by Herbert Austin Bailey, 28 July - [c. August 1918];
Account of active service by Herbert Austin Bailey, France [c. August - October 1918] [Account is incomplete];
Account of active service by Herbert Austin Bailey, [France] [c. 1918 - 1919];
Account of active service by Herbert Austin Bailey, [France] [c. 1918 - 1919]; and
Account of active service by Herbert Austin Bailey, France [c. 1918 - 1919] [Account is incomplete - pages 1-16 are missing]