Easy, Albert and Stead, John William

Accession Number PR05053
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Diary, Digital file, Typescript
Maker Easy, Albert
Poot, Belinda Jennifer
Stead, John William
Place made France
Date made 1916
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Original 1916 pocket sized diary belonging to Corporal (Cpl) 3068 Albert Easy, who was awarded the Military Medal for his actions in the field in 1917 whilst serving with the 12th Company Field Engineers during the First World War. The diary was originally kept by Private (Pte) 3223 John William Stead until he gave it to Cpl Easy on 5 May 1916. Easy has noted this in the diary, on the pages at the end of April 1916, explaining '...he [Stead] and I were in the same Battalion 7th Ref 25th, and are now together in the 12th Field Coy Engineers'. The diary entries from May 1916 onwards were written by Cpl Easy, and include mention of the death of his mate Charlie Paul, who was 3179 Sapper Charles Paul/Pauls killed in action in France on 12 August 1916. Also included is a digital file containing a typed transcription of the diary, which was produced by Cpl Easy's grand-daughter, Belinda Jennifer Poot (nee Easy) in November 2010. A hard copy of the diary transcription has been printed for access purposes.