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  • Title
    WWI diaries from the papers of William Hilton Saunders, 1916-1919
  • Creator
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code

    William Hilton Saunders was born on 2 August 1894 at Goodooga, NSW. He enlisted on 15 October 1915 at the age of 21. After four months of training at the Liverpool camp he embarked on 8 March 1916 on HMAT A15 Star of England as the 15th Reinforcements for the 13th Battalion, disembarking Egypt. In June 1916, Saunders moved form Egypt to France, where he served as a driver until 1918 with the 4th Division Ammunition Column. He returned to Australia on the 12th May 1919. After the war, he bought a butcher's shop with a bakery attached and then sold out and went shearing. In 1930 during the depression, he bought a mixed business in Sydney.
  • Scope and Content
    Four brief diaries kept during the First World War by Saunders, together together with notes and address book with poetry.
    Item 01:
    William Hilton Saunders WWI diary, 1916
    Item 02:
    William Hilton Saunders WWI diary, 1917
    Item 03:
    William Hilton Saunders WWI diary, 1918
    Item 04:
    William Hilton Saunders WWI diary, 1919
    Item 05:
    William Hilton Saunders WWI address book with poetry, 1916-1919
  • System of arrangement
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Copyright holder:: assignee of William Hilton Saunders
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: No publication without prior written approval of copyright holder
    Please acknowledge: : UNSW, Canberra Academy Library and Courtesy copyright holder.
  • Original held by
    Original diaries and notebook held by UNSW Canberra, Academy Library Special Collection. W. Hilton Saunders manuscript collection 1915-1965 (MSS 64)
  • Description source

    Papers of William Hilton Saunders, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MS 64. http://lib.unsw.adfa.edu.au/speccoll/finding_aids/saunders_hilton.html (accessed 23 March, 2015)
  • General note

    Acquired in digital format. Access copy available on line.
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