Coutts, Donald Dunbar (Major, b.1890 - d.1975)

Accession Number PR83/155
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Coutts, Donald Dunbar
Place made Australia, Belgium, France
Date made 1916-1919
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/020/027
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of Major Donald Dunbar Coutts, DSO, VD, 6 Field Ambulance AAMC and 24 Battalion, France. Collection consists of a typescript diary kept by Coutts between 23 November 1916 and 15 November 1919 when he returned to Australia. It covers the voyage on HMAT Horarato to Plymouth, his posting to Denham prior to movement to France, tourist activities in England and Paris, descriptions of towns along the Somme after battles (Armentieres, Menin Road, Millencourt, Villers Bretonneux, Ribemont, Walcourt), account of the action at Mont St Quentin and the Battles at Amiens and Buire, navigation on the front line, effects of gas, methods for treating trench feet, and mentions the Armistice. He also describes the sensation of having his hat knocked off by a shell on 31 March 1918. The typescript contains additional contextual material, including photographs, notes, souvenirs, battalion orders, instructions, maps, war diary reports, a citation for his DSO, articles from the "Red Diamond", autographed menus, Christmas cards and biographical information related to the award of his MBE. The typescript was compiled by Coutt's daughter, Marjorie Cliff.

Coutts returned to Australia and served as Surgeon Commander with Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve in Australia between 1927-1953.