Thomas, William Charles (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.?)

Unit 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number PR82/002
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Thomas, William Charles
Place made France
Date made 1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/001/004
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant William Charles Thomas, 14 Battalion, France. Collection consists of a handwritten diary with detailed daily entries from 30 March to 24 September 1918. It describes military action in France, camp site descriptions, the weather, hospitalisation, his fellow soldiers, military superiors and life behind the lines. People mentioned in the diary include: Generals Sir Douglas Haigh, Gough, Birdwood, Rawlinson and Monash, Major Johnston, Wilkinson and Captain Jacka (13 May and 2 August). At the back of the diary is a list of parcels received and cables sent. Lt Thomas was a clerk in civilian life and his diary keeping shows a familiarity with record keeping. Lt Thomas survived the war and returned to Australia in 1919.