Forbes, Alfred Ernest (Signaller, b.1896 - d.1946)

Unit 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
Places
Accession Number PR03583
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2cm
Object type Diary, Service papers
Maker Forbes, Alfred Ernest
Place made France
Date made 1915-1916
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Collection relating to the First World War service of 53 Signaller Alfred Ernest Forbes, 37 Battalion, England and France. Collection consists of Forbes' 1916 Soldiers Pay book kept in a Commonwealth Bank folder; two diaries written by Forbes covering his embarkation and journey to England on SS Persic in 1916 and his subsquent service in France. Diary entries include notes on signaller training and codes, instructions on map reading, life in camp at Salisbury Plains, sightseeing in London, and the capture of a German submarine UC-5 in the river Thames.

History / Summary

The diaries of Signaller Forbes include details about the review undertaken by King George V of the troops in camp at Salisbury Plain in 1916 and his impressions of camp training and conditions. Some of the entries are written in the form of letters he would later send to his family in Australia. At the back of the first diary there are extensive notes on codes, cable laying and despatch riding.