Manuscript relating to the history of the 43rd Infantry Battalion by Eustace James Colliver and Brian Harold Richardson
Manuscript relating to the history of the 43rd Infantry Battalion by Captain Eustace James Colliver and 949 Lieutenant Brian Harold Richardson, 43rd Infantry Battalion, 1919.
This original manuscript by Eustace James Colliver and Brian Harold Richardson formed the basis for the book 'The Forty-Third: the story and official history of the 43rd Battalion, A.I.F.' published in 1920. The manuscript appears to have been compiled in France and/or England after the Armistice, and comprises both handwritten and typescript entries. It presents a chronological history of the 43rd Infantry Battalion encompassing its formation in 1915, training in Australia, transport to Europe, training in England, and campaigns on the Western Front in France and Belgium. [Chapter 2 is missing or was not included in the original manuscript]
The manuscript also contains a history of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion including a forward by Lieutenant-General John Monash that was not included in the published book.