McInnis, Ronald Alison (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.1982)

Accession Number 1DRL/0438
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 cm
Object type Typescript
Maker McInnis, Ronald Alison
Place made At sea, Australia, Belgium, Egypt, France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1915-1919
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/048/058
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Ronald Alison McInnis, 5 Field Company and 8 Field Company, RAE and later 53 Battalion AIF. Collection consists of a typescript collection, compiled by Lieutenant McInnis after WWI, of extracts from letters and diaries he wrote during his period of service. Related records of Lieutenant McInnis are held at PR82/128, PR00917 and G7432.G1 S65 x11.8e.

History / Summary

This collection provides a remarkable account of Lieutenant McInnis's experiences during in the First World War. McInnis notes at the conclusion of the collection that "in rewriting this diary I have refrained from adding anything from memory. It is purely a record of what was written at the time." McInnis served on Gallipoli with the 5th Field Company and was present at the Evacuation; with the 53rd Battalion he was a combatant at the Battle of Fromelles (of which he gives a detailed description), the 2nd Battle of Bullecourt, and Passchendaele. His 'diary' also contains a detailed and expressive account of his experience of being buried alive in his dugout, in October 1916.