Diary of Oberlin Herbert Gray, July 1917 to August 1918

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Accession Number AWM2018.785.54
Collection number AWM2018.666.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 43 Image/s captured
Maker Gray, Oberlin Herbert
Place made Belgium, France, United Kingdom: England, United Kingdom: Scotland
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

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 July 1917 and 22 August 1918. In this diary, Gray writes about travelling and sightseeing in England and Scotland, route marches, seeing women doing men's work, and air raids. He then applied to re-join the 3rd Field Ambulance and travelled back to join them in France in October 1917. Gray describes the muddy roads, meeting local civilians, soldiers’ dissatisfaction about the large amount of work put on Australians, hearing of a referendum for conscription in Australia, leave in the area around Boulogne, and seeing the effects of gas on soldiers. The back of the diary contains poetry and various notes.