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  • Title
    Whitehead papers, February 1916-March 1919/ David Adie Whitehead
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  • Date

    February 1916-March 1919
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  • Physical Description
    0.25 metres of textual material (2 boxes, 1 portfolio) - manuscript, carbon typescript, maps

    David Adie Whitehead of Mosman, Sydney was born in Leith, Scotland. He graduated from Royal Military College, Duntroon and was appointed lieutenant in the Permanent Military Forces on 4 Apr. 1916 aged 19. He embarked for France on A24 HMAT Benalla, 1 May 1916 and served with 9th Brigade Machine Gun Company. He was mentioned in despatches, Apr. 1917, promoted from Lieutenant to Captain Oct. 1917 and commanded the 23rd Machine Gun Company on the Western Front. In Dec. 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in leading his Battery of 8 machine guns to a forward barrage position under heavy fire. In May 1918 he was wounded in action. He was awarded the Croix de Geurre, Jan. 1919. David Whitehead also served in World War II, enlisting in Mar. 1940, and commanded the 26th Infantry Brigade, 9th Division and 32nd Battalion in the Second Battle of El Alamein and in operations in New Guinea and Tarakan, Borneo. He was awarded a D.S.O. at Alamein, awarded a C.B.E in Mar. 1945 and was twice mentioned in despatches
  • Scope and Content
    SERIES 01
    David Whitehead diaries and notes, Group 1, February 1916-March 1919

    SERIES 02
    Houplines Sector trench maps, Group 2, February 1916-March 1919

    SERIES 03
    Military maps and notes, Battle of Messines, Group 3, 1917

    SERIES 04
    Ypres military maps, Group 4, 1917

    SERIES 05
    Warneton Sector Operation maps, Group 5, 1917-1918

    SERIES 06
    Defensive Sector maps of the Somme, Group 6, 1918

    SERIES 07
    Maps of the Hamel Offensive, Group 7, 1918

    SERIES 08
    Maps of the offensive South of the Somme, 1918, Group 8, 1918

    SERIES 09
    Liason Force north of the Somme, Group 9, August 1918

    SERIES 10
    Advanced Guard work, Group 10, 4-11 September 1918

    SERIES 11
    The Hindenburg Line, Group 11, September-October 1918

    SERIES 12
    Maps of Hindenburg Line and Somme operations, Groups 9-11, 22 August-2 October 1918
  • Source
    Purchased from David Adie Whitehead, 1920 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
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