Diary of Avon Reah Smith-Ryan, 1942-1945

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.207
Collection number PR00592
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary, Papers
Physical description 64 Image/s captured
Maker Smith-Ryan, Avon Reah
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Diary relating to the Second World War service of WX3453 Captain Avon Reah Smith-Ryan, 2/4 Australian Machine Gun Battalion.

This collection consists of an unbound, unofficial war diary in which Smith-Ryan gives an account of the daily movements of 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion from 30 January until the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942. Other items include a small notebook containing casuality lists, nominal rolls and movements of prisoners of war at Changi from 1942 to 1945, an unsigned escape agreement, and a nominal roll for 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion personnel at Changi in May 1945.

This file contains:
War diary, 7 Platoon, B Company, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, 2 February - 14 February 1942;
Note detailing the movements of 7 Platoon, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, 31 January 1942 - 15 February 1942;
List of internees from 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion at Changi, 10 January 1943;
War diary, 8 Platoon, B Company, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, 24 January-15 February 1942;
War diary, 9 Platoon, B Company, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, 24 January-19 February 1942;
War diary, B Company, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, 24 January-17 February 1942;
War diary, B Company - Headquarters Company, 30 January-15 February 1942;
Memo from Captain Smith-Ryan concerning NCOs in Adam Park Camp, 28 August 1942;
Unsigned escape agreement for prisoners of war at Adam Park Camp, 13 September 1942;
Notebook listing 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion personnel on POW Forces ex-Changi, casualty lists, 1942-1945;
Nominal Roll of members of 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion in Changi, May 1945.