Biography

Birth date: 20 September 1889
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 06 June 1979
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Mona Vale
Final rank: Trooper
Service number: 358 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Ion Llewellyn Idriess was born at Waverley New South Wales on 20 September 1889 to parents Walter and Juliette. A miner by trade, he enlisted at Townsville on 26 October 1914 at the age of 27. He departed Sydney aboard HMAT Persic, on 21 December 1914 with the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment.

Serving at Gallipoli, Idriess specialised in sniping. He sustained a bomb wound to his arm at Gallipoli in September 1915 and was evacuated back to Egypt. Idriess re-joined the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment and served with his unit in Egypt and Palestine witnessing the charge at Beersheba. He was once again wounded in December 1917 in the fighting after the last battle of Gaza. Ion Idriess was consequently invalided home and returned to Australia on 15 February 1918.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 21 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Photograph

P08584.001

Studio portrait of 358 Trooper (Tpr) Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Tpr Idriess embarked with A Squadron from Sydney aboard HMAT Persic (A34) on 21 December 1914. Idriess was wounded at Gallipoli, and again at Gaza. He returned to Australia in March 1918. Idriess later became an...

P08584.001

Digitised Collection

Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 1915

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. This diary spans the period from 18 May 1915 to 5 June 1915. In this diary, Idriess describes the scene at Cape Helles, as observed from Transport A25. He also describes watching HMS Triumph...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 1915-1916

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Entries are mostly undated, but spans period from mid-1915 to mid-1916. In this diary, Idriess mentions conditions in the trenches at Gallipoli, including snipers, maggots and corpses. This...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 1916

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Entries are mostly undated, but one entry, about two-thirds of the way through the diary, is dated 14 June 1916. In this diary, Idriess complains of short rations of food and water, and...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, August 1916

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Entries are mostly undated, but one entry, dated "13th" [of August] describes in great detail actions which took place on and about 9 August 1916 [Bir el Abd]. In this diary, Idriess also...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, October 1916

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Entries are mostly undated, but one entry is dated 1 October [1916]. In this diary, Idriess mentions desert operations, close combat, rescue of wounded soldiers and cholera, andcompares trench...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 1916-1917

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. First entry is dated 16 November 1916 and the last is dated 24 February [1917]. In this diary, Idriess mentions snipers, desert operations, British Yeomanry, and capturing Bedouin tribesmen and...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 1917

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. This diary was written in a notepad, with entries undated and written in a narrative style. In this diary, Idriess gives an account of his involvement in the Battles of Gaza, including...

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Diary of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 1917-1918

Diary relating to First World War service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Entries are largely undated, but the first dated entry was made on 23 August 1917 at Rafa. In the final dated entry, written on 2 March 1918, Idriess expresses his delight at returning to...

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Diary entries of Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 8 June - 16 August 1917

Diary entries of Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, written on loose paper with YMCA letterhead. These entries are dated 8 June 1917 and 16 August 1917.

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Private Record

Idriess, Ion Llewellyn (Trooper, b.1889 - d.1979)

Collection relating to service of 358 Trooper Ion Llewellyn Idriess, 5 Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, 1915-1918. The collection consists of eight original, handwritten diaries covering almost the entire length of Idriess's service with the 5th Light Horse Regiment. Maker: Idriess, Ion Llewellyn

1DRL/0373 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1889-09-20
Date of embarkation 1914-12-21
Date of death 1979-06-06