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887680
  • Title
    Choat war narrative, 1916-1918 / Wesley Paul Choat
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 1504
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1916-1918
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    887680
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised : 2014
  • Physical Description
    0.05 metres of textual material (1 volume) - carbon typescript with manuscript annotations
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Private Wesley Paul Choat, a farm labourer of Clarence Park, South Australia was 19 years when he enlisted with his brothers Archibald and Raymond Choat on 30 June 1915 in Adelaide. He embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT A2 Geelong, 18 Nov. 1915, trained in Egypt and went to France in 1916 with the 32nd Battalion. Raymond and Archibald were killed in action 20 July 1916 at Fromelles and Wesley was taken prisoner on the same day. He was a prisoner of war until Oct. 1917 when he escaped and walked out through Holland, taking 5 weeks to reach England. He returned to Australia on HT Gaika 5 July 1918
  • Scope and Content
    Describes his experiences in prison camps at Lille, Dulmen, Strafe, Munster II and Dusseldorf and his escape. The narrative, originally titled 'A bold bid for Blighty', was written during his journey back to Australia
  • Source
    Acquired in 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
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder
  • General note

    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I diaries
    Microfilm available at CY 1633, frames 1 - 65
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1030920
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