|Unit||2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion|
|Collection type||Private Record|
|Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room.||AWM371 91/0379|
First World War, 1914-1918
Diary of Corporal Albert Golding (No. 2386). Golding enlisted in the AIF on 23 July 1915 and was originally allotted to the 5th Reinforcements for the 28th Infantry Battalion. On 12 March 1916, whilst in Egypt, Golding was transferred to the newly-formed 2nd Pioneer Battalion with which he served for the remainder of the war. The diary describes experiences in the trenches from July-September 1918, including shelling by German and Allied artillery, attacks, gas, taking of Peronne and Joncourt, and crossing the Somme River. Includes ironical comments on war, that it was caused by 'dollars', and his desire to return home. Includes a letter written on aircraft canvas.