Diary of George Loughlin Blore, May - October 1940

Accession Number AWM2019.22.22
Collection number AWM2016.110.2
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 75 Image/s captured
Maker Blore, George Loughlin
Place made At sea, South Africa
Date made 1940
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Diary relating to the Second World War service of VX16593 Private George Loughlin Blore, 3 Australian Special Hospital and 3 Australian General Hospital, May - October 1940.

In the first of two diaries, Blore documents his first six months of service shortly after embarking from Melbourne on 5 May 1940. He opens his account while anchored at Cape Town, and provides a detailed description of the city, its inhabitants and his activities during a period of leave. He generally adopts this approach throughout much of the diary, offering detailed accounts of subsequent ports of call, and his extracurricular activities in England while camped at Tidworth and after his posting to Milford. He makes frequent references to his Christian faith, visits to churches and association with members of local church communities. In contrast, diary entries relating to his service are generally brief but include references to air raids, aerial battles, digging shelters, and his duties as an orderly with 3 Australian General Hospital.

The diary also includes a variety of notes such as names and addresses, places to visit and items to buy, religious references in the form of prayers and proverbs, as well as a loose-leaf page deposited in the diary.