Bryant, Leonard Clyde M M (Lance Corporal b.1893 - d.1969)

Unit 2nd Australian Field Ambulance
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Accession Number PR00142
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 Item
Object type Diary
Maker Bryant, Leonard Clyde
Date made 1915-1919
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 92/0539
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Detailed diary describing experiences as a stretcher bearer and caring for wounded in the trenches on the Western Front from 1916 to 1918. Includes vivid descriptions of heavy gas attacks near Armentieres and heavy artillery fire near Pozieres in the summer of 1916, as well as the miserable conditions and bitter weather endured near Flers during winter 1916/17, carrying the wounded through mud, rain and heavy shelling. Entries for 1917 describe the second attack at Bullecourt and the Third Battle of Ypres, comparing cleanliness and hospitality in relation to the Flanders and Somme battlefield areas. For 1918 the diary includes comments on the beginning of the German offensive in the Somme, German shelling of Hazebrouck, and the use of German prisoners as stretcher bearers after the successful advance by the 1st Australian Division near Proyart (omitting to mention that he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on 22 August). The diary conveys a sense of excitement and adventure, and includes colourful descriptions of unit entertainments, leave in France and "blighty" leave in Britain and Ireland.