Diary of Gerard Henderson Cowan, November 1916

Accession Number AWM2019.22.254
Collection number 3DRL/3660
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 23 Image/s captured
Maker Cowan, Gerard Henderson
Place made At sea, South Africa
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Diary relating to the First World War service of 6733 Private Gerard Henderson Cowan, 11 Australian Infantry Battalion.

This diary, written by Cowan between 11-28 November 1916, contains details of his embarkation aboard the HMAS Argyleshire. Some of his experiences included sea sickness, spectating sports matches, physical training, regular parades and drills, seeing interesting marine life, attending a concert, being on guard duty, sleeping on deck, and sightseeing at Durban, South Africa. The last entry in this diary ends abruptly but is continued Cowan’s next diary (see AWM2019.22.255).

This diary also contains a list of men in Number 1 Mess on the HMAS Argyleshire, of which Cowan was a part. Gerard Henderson Cowan joined the Australian Flying Corps and became a pilot in 1918, but died of illness on 22 February 1919.