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I thought some others with an interest in military history might find my Grandfather's WW1 diary interesting. He embarked from Australia in August 1915, returning in November 1917. He kept a diary (in pencil) throughout the period during which he served at Gallipoli and in France on the Somme where he was twice wounded. My sister-in-law, Liz transcribed this record before it disappeared completely. It is a story of war seen through a private soldiers eyes.

This diary was previously published on a website between 2007 and 2009 and quotes have been used in a number of publications on the Australian Military contribution in France in the First War including "Fighting Nineteenth - A History of the Nineteenth Battalion, AIF" by W. Matthews and D.Wilson. Some photos taken in a visit to the Somme Valley in 2015 illustrate the area today in the Gallery Page.



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Ross Hearne

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