Diary of Oberlin Herbert Gray, April 1916 to June 1917

Accession Number AWM2018.785.53
Collection number AWM2018.666.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 90 Image/s captured
Maker Gray, Oberlin Herbert
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, France, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1916-1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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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 12 April 1916 and 29 June 1917. In this diary, Gray recounts his experiences of being invalided to Melbourne for several months where he heard that the Australians were fighting in France, re-embarking with his brother Frederic (‘Oll’) aboard the HMAT Euripides in September 1916, sightseeing and visiting family in England, and arriving in France in January 1917. Gray then describes his impressions of France as he travels to the battlefields of the Somme, living in the trenches (including encounters with rats), evacuating wounded men from the battlefields on stretchers and treating them, and close calls with death. In May 1917, Gray was wounded in the heel by shrapnel. This diary ends with his experiences of being wounded, evacuated, and convalescing in England.