Godlee, Francis Lister (Sergeant, b.1890 - d.1963

Collection ID PR01507
Collection type Private Record
Title Godlee, Francis Lister (Sergeant, b.1890 - d.1963
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Godlee, Francis Lister
Place made Egypt
Date made 1914-1915

Collection relating to the First World War service of 138 Sergeant Francis Lister Godlee of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment covering the period August 1914 to December 1915. Collection consists of a pencil written diary describing his enlistment and voyage to Egypt on the SS Port Lincoln and provides details of daily troopship routine including care of the unit's horses. Later entries also document the period of training in Egypt and subsequent active service at Gallipoli. Reference is made to the fatal wounding of General Bridges and the problems caused by Turkish snipers. Godlee provides graphic descriptions of front line life at Anzac, including an unsuccesful Turkish armistice on 21 May and also an eyewitness account of the sinking HMS Triumph by a German submarine on 25 May.