Transcript of diaries of Henry Stanley Davis, 1915-1917

Collection ID RCDIG0001159
Parent Collection ID 2DRL/0547
Collection type Digitised Collection
Title Transcript of diaries of Henry Stanley Davis, 1915-1917
Item count 45
Object type Diary
Maker Australian War Memorial
Place made At sea
Date made 1915-1917; 1932-1933
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Transcript copies of diaries relating to the First World War service of Captain Henry Stanley Davis, 46th Battalion. This transcript was made by the Australian War Memorial in 1932-1933. The relatively short and concise diary entries span from 18 October 1915 to 25 January 1917 and cover: embarkation from Australia with the 14th Battalion; troopship voyage aboard HMAT Port Lincoln; the death at sea of Private Malvern Arthur Wade; arrival and training in Egypt; the allotment of 6th Infantry Brigade officers from the reinforcements; sightseeing, including the pyramids; battalion drills and route marches; transfer to the 46th Battalion; promotion to lieutenant; training schools; list of parade and meal hours; the havoc caused by the heat and sandstorms; taking over the trenches in the Suez Canal area; trench routine and details; commemorating the first anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli; observations of the Turkish Army; grenadier training; voyage in early June to France aboard the armed merchant cruiser Kinfauns Castle; the wet weather and mud in France; French villages and people; 6th Infantry Brigade school; trenches on the Western Front; movement into the front lines at Pozieres; involvement in the fighting at Pozieres; observations at Mouquet Farm; service in and out of the line in late 1916; leave to London and sightseeing; shellshock; 4th Division school at La Chaussée; cold weather of early 1917. Davis was killed in action at the first battle of Bullecourt on 11 April 1917.