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  • Title
    Vial war diary, 6 August-19 November 1915 /John James Vial
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLDOC 1297
  • Level of description
  • Date

    6 August-19 November 1915
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised : 2014
  • Physical Description
    0.03 metres of textual material (1 folder) - carbon typescript with manuscript additions and corrections

    John James Vial, bricklayer of St. Peters, New South Wales, enlisted at the age of 20, 14 Sept. 1914 and embarked from Sydney on Transport A19 Afric, 18 Oct. 1914. He served with 1st Battalion, D Company in Gallipoli and was wounded there, Aug. 1915. He was severely reprimanded for being asleep on duty, 8 Jan. 1916 and hospitalised in Tel-El-Kebir with influenza, 15 Jan. 1916. In Feb. 1916 he was hospitalised in Cairo with pneumonia and invalided to Australia on hospital ship Karoola in April 1916 before re-embarking on Euripides Sept. 1916 and serving in France and Belgium. He was hospitalised in France and transferred to England with appendicitis Jan. 1917 and hospitalised in France with trench fever, Aug. 1917. After rejoining his unit in September he was killed in action in Belgium, 3 Oct. 1917
  • Scope and Content
    Accounts of experiences as a sergeant of the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade at Gallipoli, including the attack on Lone Pine, 6 Aug. 1915 and evacuation, 17-19 Nov. 1915. Written retrospectively from Randwick Hospital, 1916
  • Source
    Purchased from Mrs E. Vial, 19 May 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
    Copyright holder:: State Library of New South Wales
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: May be copied for reference and publication
    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 located at CY 4320, frames 129 - 143
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1023876
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