Memoirs & Diaries - Introduction
Many of the combatants of the First World War recorded the daily events of their experiences in the form of a diary. Some were subsequently published after the war and have become celebrated. Many more, however, remained tucked away in cupboard drawers for years, unpublished and unseen.
With the advent of the world wide web, an opportunity arose for the descendants of many survivors to publish fragments of diary entries for the education and interest of others. This section of the website brings together a collection of such pages.
Also featured within this section are personal narratives written by survivors who relate a given aspect of the war, be it trench conditions, or their part in a specific attack or action, as well as the testimony of such participants as nurses and chaplains.
|The Diary of Robert Lindsay Mackay|
|The Diary of Thomas Fredrick Littler|
|The Diary of Edwin Evan Jones|
|The Diary of William Whitmore|
|The Best 500 Cockney War Stories|
One in five of the Australians and New Zealanders who left their country to fight in the war never returned; 80,000 in total.
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