Diary of Geoffrey Gordon McCrae, 1915 (Vol. 2)

Accession Number RCDIG0001243
Collection number 1DRL/0427
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 48 Image/s captured
Maker McCrae, Geoffrey Gordon
Place made At sea, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece: Aegean Islands, Lemnos, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915; Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Diary relating to the First World War service of Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrae, 7th Battalion. This is a handwritten transcription made by McCrae’s father at some stage before the transcription was donated in 1927. The location of the original diary is unknown. This is the second of a two part volume and covers the period between 15 June 1915 and 29 December 1915.

Having returned to Gallipoli McCrae’s entries cover: the proximity of the Turkish trenches to his own; the constant artillery bombardments by both sides; his evacuation in mid-July due to wounds sustained from an artillery shell; his subsequent hospitalisation at Mudros; his removal to the hospital ship “Soudan”; his criticisms of the staff aboard the “Soudan”; his arrival in Alexandria; his convalescence in Cyprus; the superior attitude of the English in Cyprus towards the Australians; his return to Alexandria; his return to Gallipoli and his battalion; his promotion to commanding officer; the fighting at Lone Pine in early September after his battalion relieved the 1st Battalion; the battalion’s withdrawal from Lone Pine several weeks later; the evacuation from Gallipoli in December.

Included at the end of the diary is a list of ships that McCrae had been aboard and the time spent aboard each.