Thomas, William Charles (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.?

Collection ID PR82/002
Collection type Private Record
Title Thomas, William Charles (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.?
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Thomas, William Charles
Place made France
Date made 1918

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant William Charles Thomas, 14 Battalion, France. Collection consists of a handwritten diary with detailed daily entries from 30 March to 24 September 1918. It describes military action in France, camp site descriptions, the weather, hospitalisation, his fellow soldiers, military superiors and life behind the lines. People mentioned in the diary include: Generals Sir Douglas Haigh, Gough, Birdwood, Rawlinson and Monash, Major Johnston, Wilkinson and Captain Jacka (13 May and 2 August). At the back of the diary is a list of parcels received and cables sent. Lt Thomas was a clerk in civilian life and his diary keeping shows a familiarity with record keeping. Lt Thomas survived the war and returned to Australia in 1919.