Lay, Percy MC, DCM, MM, C de G (Captain, b.1892 - d.1955)

Accession Number PR83/058
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 4 wallets: 7cm
Object type Diary
Maker Lay, Percy
Place made Australia, Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Western Front
Date made 1983
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/106/015
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 Captain Percy Lay MC, DCM, MM, C de G. Collection consists of a diary compiled from pocket diaries and written back at base camp or in the billets, with entries dated 19 October 1914 to 31 March 1918; a black and white photocopy of diary and a post-war diary which transcribed and enhanced Lay's pockets diaries and was written on return to Australia, with entries dated 19 October 1914 - 11 October 1919. The diaries cover his journey to Egypt aboard the S.S. Benalla, training in Egypt and service with the 8th battalion in Gallipoli and the Western Front. Also covers service with Dunsterforce in the Middle East and with the Special Service Unit to escort deportees overseas. The collection also contains a photocopy of an article by Frank Green, 'Percy Lay: A Modern D'Artagnan', published in Stand To, Jul-Aug 1956 and the monograph 'The War Diaries of Percy Lay' transcribed and edited by J L Turner.