Diary - Bombardier Langley Clarke, World War I, 11 Jul 1915-11 Jul 1917 Document Reg. No: ST 036325

Diary of Bombardier L.E. Clarke, 40 th Battery, 24th Brigade, AIF, 11 July 1915 to 11 July 1917. Two small notebooks, entries mainly in pencil, some in ink. First volume commences at 11 July 1915 and closes 12 November 1916; second continues from 13 november 1916 to 11 July 1917. The two volumes also contain a collection of songs.

Langley Edward Clarke (regimental number 1015) was a 22-year-old labourer from Pontville, Tasmania, who enlisted on 21 September 1914. He was assigned to the 15th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, G Company. He was sent to Broadmeadows for training, then embarked from Melbourne on the 'Ceramic' on 22 December 1914. He became a gunner and was wounded at Gallipoli. In March 1916, after his recovery, he was transferred to the 4th Australian Division Artillery and sent to fight in Fance, where he was promoted to bombadier. In January 1917 he was transferred to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade and subsequently was posted to the 38th Battalion. On 18 July 1917 he was severley gassed, and after treatment in England was shipped back to Australia unfit. He was discharged from the Army on 29 January 1918.
Two volumes of a hand-written diary. The first volume is bound in dark brown leather, with rounded corners. Paper is off-white, ruled with vertial and horizontal lines. Diary written in combination of purple and lead pencil. Small slot for pencil in back cover of diary. The second volume has a hard cover bound in blue cloth (new very deteriorated, particularly at edges). The diary opens vertically, and is written down each pair of open pages. Each page is off-white, and ruled with faint lines. A black elastic strap (now with little elasticity and over-stretched) is intended to hold the diary closed.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Hardy Enscoe, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: See individual object (child) records.

More information

Tagged with: diaries, militaria australian, military memorabilia, music, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, making history - war diaries and correspondence
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Langley Edward Clarke, AIF (circa 1892-1966)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: diaries
Inscriptions: [Extensive Text]
Author: Bombardier Langley Clarke, Jul 1915-Jul 1917
Place Made: France
Place Made: Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
References: Service records for Langley Clarke are held at the National Archives of Australia - Series number B2455, Barcode 1969950.


Caren L. Williams Posted on 15 Dec 2010 10:15 PM
I am Edward LANGLEY Clarke's Grandaughter.
I would love to hear from other descendants?
Andrew Clarke Posted on 22 Dec 2010 8:32 PM
HiCaren, I'm Edward Langley Clarke's grandson and your first cousin. I'll contact you.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.

Similar items

Yes No