Bill Richardson, as a member of 48th Battalion, First World War 1916-1919, interviewed by Mr Roger Davis

Accession Number S04838
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 3 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D90
Maker Richardson, John William "Bill"
Davis, Roger
Date made 11 October 1984
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Roger Davis interviews Bill Richardson about his experiences while serving with the AIF on the Western Front during the First World War., including early life on a rural property near the town of Modbury; something of soldier training; being hardened to horrible sights of the battlefield; observing other soldiers taking unnecessary risks in the field, but nevertheless, feeling protected in some way; anecdotes of the vagaries of chance and survival in battlefield; Australian soldiers' perspective on troops of other nationalities; raiding German positions; the capture of German prisoners; removing valuables from Germans; booby traps and time bombs; the fearfulness of incoming reinforcements; taking part in the battle of Bullecourt; watching one officer collect dismembered parts of his brother after a shell explosion outside Bullecourt or Bapaume; describing his part in the battle at Dernacourt and describing it as the end of the war; being in Amiens when Armistice was announced, and describing his feelings and those of the Australians.
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