Diary - Driver Claude Ewart, Egypt & France, Vol 2, World War I, 13 Mar 1916-Aug 1917 Document Reg. No: ST 36610 2

Summary:
Black-covered diary of Driver C. H. Ewart, 10th Battery, 4th FAB (Field Artillery Brigade), AIF (Australian Imperial Force), 13 March 1916 - August 1917. The diary is recorded in two notebooks, of which this is the second. The diary records Driver Ewart's voyage from Egypt to France, and his service in France with the 10th Battery. Ewart records his thoughts on conscription in Australia, tanks on the Western Front, on leave in England, the death of his horses from shell fire and his engagement in battles at the Somme and Flanders in France and Belgium. A transcription of the diary is attached.

Claude Harold Ewart, regimental number 6940, was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and was a 27-year-old driver when he enlisted in the Army on 14 August 1915. He embarked at Melbourne on the HMAT 'Wiltshire' on 18 November 1915. After three months in Egypt, he was shipped to Marseille, France, arriving 19 March 1916 and then moving to the front. On 17 February 1918 he was injured when kicked by a horse, and on 5 March 1918 he was admitted to the Military Hospital, Frensham Hill, suffering contusion of the elbow. On 31 July he was admitted to Sutton Veny. Military Hospital suffering 'ICT' of the right elbow. He was discharged 29 September 1919. In March 1945 his military records were amended to read 'Died after Discharge'.

During World War I, military activities at Sutton Veny included a Camp Hospital, 1st Training Battalion, 1st Command Depot and no.2 Concentration Group. An Australian War Commission graveyard is now located there.
Description:
Diary with lightweight cardboard cover, covered with black textured paper to give the appearance of leather, with rounded corners. A cloth band to mark pages is attached to the cover. Hand-written entries in purple pencil on lined paper.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 153 mm (Height), 104 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: australian army, australian military forces, conscription, horses, military memorabilia, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, military forces, making history - war diaries and correspondence
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: diaries
Inscriptions: Extensive hand-written text - see attached transcription. 'Notes' printed on front in cursive script.
Author: Dvr C. H. Ewart, Somme, France, 1915-1917

Written in France & England.
Organisation Named: 4th Field Artillery Brigade, 1916-1917
Organisation Named: 2nd Division, Australian Army, 1916-1917
Organisation Named: 10th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1916-1917
Place Made: Egypt
Place Made: France
References: Ewart's war service records are held at the National Archives of Australia - Series accession number B2455/1, Barcode 3545448.

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