ID numberPR83/058
Collection typePrivate Record
TitleLay, Percy MC, DCM, MM, C de G (Captain, b.1892 - d.1955)
Measurement4 wallets: 7cm
Object typeDiary
MakerLay, Percy
Place made
  • Australia
  • Egypt
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
  • Western Front
Date made1983
DescriptionCollection relating to the First World War service of Captain Percy Lay MC, DCM, MM, C de G. Collection consists of a diary compiled from pocket diaries and written back at base camp or in the billets, with entries dated 19 October 1914 to 31 March 1918; a black and white photocopy of diary and a post-war diary which transcribed and enhanced Lay's pockets diaries and was written on return to Australia, with entries dated 19 October 1914 - 11 October 1919. The diaries cover his journey to Egypt aboard the S.S. Benalla, training in Egypt and service with the 8th battalion in Gallipoli and the Western Front. Also covers service with Dunsterforce in the Middle East and with the Special Service Unit to escort deportees overseas. The collection also contains a photocopy of an article by Frank Green, 'Percy Lay: A Modern D'Artagnan', published in Stand To, Jul-Aug 1956 and the monograph 'The War Diaries of Percy Lay' transcribed and edited by J L Turner.
PDF 36.91 MB Diary of Percy Lay, 1914-1918
PDF 26.49 MB Transcript of diary of Percy Lay, 1914-1919
PDF 785.64 KB Newspaper article relating to Percy Lay, 1956