Diary of Harold Gordon Cornell, 1916 - 1917

Accession Number AWM2019.22.239
Collection number 1DRL/0212
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 84 Image/s captured
Maker Cornell, Harold Gordon
Place made United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Netheravon
Date made 1916-1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Diary relating to the First World War service of Second Lieutenant Harold Gordon Cornell, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.

This file contains a pocket diary that was kept by 2nd Lt. Cornell while undertaking wireless, observer and flight training at Netheravon, England from 28 December 1916 to 10 December 1917. In his diary, Cornell describes the conditions at the camp, the nature of his training and its challenges, and his visits to friends and relatives while on leave. Cornell also describes being shot down by enemy aircraft on his first sortie over the Western Front. The diary ends a day before he was killed in action at Baizieux, France.