Transcript diaries of Maurice Grant Boydell, June 1941 - January 1945

Accession Number AWM2019.22.223
Collection number PR86/004
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 166 Image/s captured
Maker Boydell, Maurice Grant
Place made Australia, Germany
Date made 1941-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Transcript diaries relating to the Second World War service of QX6141 Lieutenant Maurice Grant Boydell, 2/1st Anti-Tank Regiment, 21 June 1941 - 1 January 1945.

A draft typed transcription of four diaries kept by Boydell during the period 21 June 1941 - 1 January 1945. In these diaries Boydell documents everyday life as an internee at a number of prisoner of war camps in Germany including Oflag V-B at Biberach, Oflag X-C at Lübeck, Oflag VII-B at Eichstätt and Oflag VIII-F at Mährisch-Trübau. Common subjects covered include the weather, conditions in camp, general treatment of prisoners, illnesses and medical treatment, rations and Red Cross parcels, recreational activities such as gardening and sports, and letters sent to and received from Australia. He regularly makes note of war news and rumours circulating amongst the men and events such as Allied air raids carried out in surrounding areas and escape attempts by prisoners.

The transcriptions were completed by a number of Australian War Memorial volunteers in 1986, and include annotations.