Reid, John Anderson (Private, c1896 - 1923)

Unit 23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Places
Accession Number PR03187
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Diary, Typescript
Maker Reid, John Anderson
Place made Egypt
Date made 1915-1916
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Diary and transcript of 226 Private John A Reid, 23 Battalion, who was also bandmaster. The diary covers the period 1915-1916 and documents service in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. Reid provides a brief overview of events from February 1915-February 1916, including the departure of 23 and 24 Battalions from Victoria on TSS Euripides. He writes about playing with the band on the ship's deck, arriving in Colombo, camping at Helipolis, the torpedoing of SS Southland and action at Lone Pine from 7 September. Daily diary entries date from February-November 1916, commencing in Ismailia. Band practice is mentioned frequently throughout the entries, including starting new solos, drum practices, times when the band is forbidden to play and teaching new drummers. Church parades officers playing drums and symbols, long marches and stretcher drills are other topics covered.