ID numberPR82/002
Collection typePrivate Record
TitleThomas, William Charles (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.?)
Measurement1 wallet: 1 cm
Object typeDiary
MakerThomas, William Charles
Place madeFrance
Date made1918
DescriptionCollection 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.