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886755
  • Title
    Wells war diary, 11 April-31 December 1917 / Donald Percival Wells
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 2743
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    11 April-31 December 1917
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    886755
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised : 2014
  • Physical Description
    0.03 metres of textual material (1 volume) - manuscript
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Donald Percival Wells, cashier of Tighes' Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales, enlisted at the age of 20 on 4 Sept. 1915 and embarked from Sydney with the 30th Battalion on HMAT A35 Berrima, 17 Dec. 1915. He was promoted to Captain 19 Aug. 1916. He was wounded and captured at Bullecourt, France, on 11 April 1917 and admitted to hospital at Karlsruhe, Germany. He was a prisoner of war at Freiburg camp in Germany until he was sent to Switzerland 26 Dec. 1917. Captain Wells was repatriated to England on 14 June 1918 and embarked to return to Australia on 23 Sept. 1918.
  • Scope and Content
    Describes life in prison camps, the food, medical treatment for his injured foot, escape attempts, letters he received from home and the social life in the camp. A portion of this diary was concealed in the sole of his boot to be smuggled out of Germany and entries, particularly for September, suffered damage
  • Source
    Purchased from D.P. Wells, 1919 Part of the European War Collecting Project (also known as the Soldiers' Diaries Collection or War Diaries Collection), established by the Trustees of the Mitchell Library in 1918
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: May be copied for reference and publication
    Copyright holder:: State Library of New South Wales
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I diaries
    Microfilm copy available at CY 4932, frames 210 - 321
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1069241
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