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. The record has been transcribed before it disappears completely. It is a story of war seen through a private soldier's 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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