Oxman, George (Sapper, b.1885 - d.1970)

Unit 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company
Accession Number PR00712
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 3 wallets
Object type Diary, Poem
Maker Henry, A M
Oxman, George
Date made 1916-1919
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Collection relating to 5798 Sapper George Oxman, 3rd Tunnelling Company. Includes an original diary which commences with his enlistment in March 1916 and describes the voyage to Plymouth aboard the "SS Ulysses"; his early days at Perham Downs Camp and his impressions of London while on leave. Details his work as a Sapper in the trenches and camps in the battlefields of France and records the ending of the war. Entries continue with his work in France after the war, where he remained until April 1919 removing 'shells' with 'traps'. He also documented the voyage home to Sydney aboard the "SS Zealandia" arriving July 1919.
Also included in the collection is a photocopy of a handwritten poem by AM Henry entitled "Wouldn't it", which refers to the role of the sapper; and three albums containing postcards.