Nott, Lewis Windermere (Captain, b.1886 - d.1951)

Unit Scottish Forces
Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme
Accession Number PR00685
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 140 items (12cm)
Object type Diary, Letters
Maker Nott, Lewis Windermere
Date made 1916
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Letters to wife, and annotated transcript, written by Captain Nott, an Australian serving with 15 Battalion, the Royal Scotts. Mentions air raids and battles, billets, meeting other Australians, artillery, shelling, trench conditions, bravery of the troops, and inaccuracy of anti-aircraft fire. Many poignant comments about wife and young son. Includes account of the Somme Offensive of July 1916. Fighting in the Albert area and around Sausage Valley, Nott explains the horror of the battle, describing terrible injuries, confusion and exhaustion, incessant bombardments, and success at gaining objectives. Letters also mention fighting at St. Omer, Erquinhem, Bois Grenier, and Fleurbaix. Letters continue until Nott's resignation of his commission in December 1916 in order to continue with his medical studies. Collection includes diary of February-March 1916 period, and part of publication describing geography and defences of enemy held territory, including maps. These records form the basis of the publication of his letters titled "Somewhere in France".