Diary of Oberlin Herbert Gray, August 1915 to March 1916
Diary relating to the First World War service of 2552 Private Oberlin Herbert Gray, 3rd Australian Field Ambulance. Herbert Oberlin Gray and his brother Frederic chose to join the medical corps, as the family were Quakers, and conscientiously weren’t able to ‘take up arms’, however, they still wanted to serve. This diary has entries written by Oberlin Gray, dated between 7 August 1915 and 13 March 1916. In it, Oberlin Gray records his experiences in the trenches at Gallipoli, including the movements of various ships and aircraft, collecting wounded men for days at a time with only a few hours of sleep, the smell of the dead, hearing of the fighting at ‘Lonesome’ Pine, several narrow escapes from death, and an incident with a runaway sheep. In November 1915, Gray became sick, and in his diary records his time on a hospital ship and in hospital on Malta where he spent several months recovering. There, he heard of the evacuation of Gallipoli, and wrote down his thoughts about it. From Malta, Gray went to Egypt, and from there was sent home to Australia. He describes his journey home via Colombo, and concludes his diary with his arrival in Australia on 13 March 1916.