Diary - Private John Chugg, 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, World War I, 24 Sep 1914 - 18 Jun 1915 Document Reg. No: ST 036458

Diary of Private John (Jack) Chugg, 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, AIF. The diary covers the period 24 September 1914 to 24 August 1915. The diary records Chugg's experiences at Broadmeadows Camp, 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, and Mena House No. 2 General Hospital.

It also contains a newspaper clipping titled: 'Historic Badge Given to the RACV' and a handwritten poem titled: 'The Last of the Emden' written by Alf P.K. Morris, HMAS Southern.

Private John Chugg was 19 years old when he enlisted with the Australian Infantry Force on 2 September 1914. He was the eldest of two sons born in Scotland to John and Jessie Chugg; there is some evidence to suggest that his younger brother, Richard, may also have enlisted but this remains difficult to determine.

Chugg served with the 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance as an X-ray Electrical Specialist in Egypt, before transferring to Mena House No. 2 General Hospital in August 1915. Chugg was later promoted to Lance Corporal and served with the No. 3 Australian General Hospital in Brighton, England. In October 1918, Chugg married Elizabeth Hannah Attwells in England before returning to Australia in November of the same year. By this time Chugg had been made a Sergeant, although it is unclear when this promotion occurred.

Although Chugg applied for free passage in order for Elizabeth to join him, this does not appear to have been granted, although the couple were eventually reunited in Australia. The obituary notice in The Argus for John Chugg's father (also John Chugg) lists his four grandchildren, one of whom - Robert (Bob) John Chugg - appears to have been the son of John and Elizabeth; however, it is difficult to determine his birthdate. Another son, Victor Raymond Chugg, who was not listed with the grandchildren in the obituary, died in 1929. The parents of the remaining three grandchildren in the notice - Dorothy, Douglas and Gordon - remain unknown.

John Chugg died in 1975 in Heidelberg, Victoria; Elizabeth appears to have outlived her husband, although her date of death remains unknown.
Black covered diary
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Returned Servicemen's League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1981
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 187 mm (Height), 120 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: diaries, militaria australian, military memorabilia, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, -1
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, The Royal Australian Navy, Contributors to Autograph Album (HT 27665) of Elizabeth Louise Shelly, Autograph Album (HT 27665) of Elizabeth Louise Shelly, RMS Omrah, circa 1916
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: diaries
Inscriptions: [extensive text]
Author: Private John (Jack) Chugg, 24 Sep 1914-24 Aug 1915
Place & Date Used: Egypt, (02/09/1914 - 24/08/1915)
Ship Named: .
Ship Named: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Ship Named: .
Ship Named: P&O SN Co., London
Ship Named: G Thompson & Co, London
Ship Named: Ocean SS Co Ltd
Ship Named: Ellerman & Bucknall SS Co Ltd, London
Ship Named: G Thompson & Co, London
Ship Named: Royal Navy (RN)
Ship Named: Royal Navy (RN)
Ship Named: Imperial German Navy
Ship Named: Imperial German Navy
Ship Named: Imperial Japanese Navy
Ship Named: Central Shipping Co.
Ship Named: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Ship Named: Royal Navy (RN)
References: John Chugg's war record can be accessed at: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=3248657

An entry for an undigitised service record belonging to a Richard Chugg can be seen on the NAA website at: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/NameSearch/Interface/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=6533811 [See Supp. File for further information]

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