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Diary - Albert Germaine, England & France, Vol.1, World War I, 1917-1918 Document Reg. No: ST 037563

Volume one of a two volume hand-written diary kept by Albert Germaine of the 39th Battalion, AIF, during World War I. Approximate date for the first entry is 13 February 1917. The diary, written in a small brown cloth-covered notebook, covers the voyage to Europe (he left Port Melbourne on 19th February 1917 on the 'Ballarat', via Albany, Perth, Capetown to Plymouth, England,) training at Lark Hill Camp, with details of the training undergone and leave in London, arrival in France on 21 August 1917, in the firing line on 2 October 1917; time in hospital at Boulogne a few days after arriving in the trenches, working in the YMCA from 3 December 1917, return to the front again taken ill, with trench fever; finishes about June 1918.

Diary also contains the soldier's notes on the dates he was paid and the amount, monies that he was sending home and banking. He also has written entries of his day to day events, such as on Tuesday morning at about 2:30 10 April 1917 he had his pen stolen and reported it to Lieutenant W. Henzie which in turn reported it to the Military Police how traced it back to a Private W. Rust. He also made note of the letter that he had received, the dates received and who had sent the letter.

Albert Germaine was a 28-year-old labourer born in Dunkeld and living in South Melbourne when he enlisted on 21 November 1916 (service # 3071). His records in the National Archives show that he suffered from influenza and from epilepsy, and his repeated illness prevented him from spending much time at the front. He was eventually shipped back to Australia near the end of the war, in October 1918.
Brown cloth-covered diary. Front and back inside pages marbled in a gold pattern. The Commercial Note Book. Printed by Charterhouse Series Made in England.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1987
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 7.3 cm (Width), 12.5 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: militaria australian, military memorabilia, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: diaries
Inscriptions: Label inside "The Commercial Note Book", The paper for these books is specially made with a good hard writing surface and is equally suitable for writing upon either with pencil or ink, shows a discount table, style number 4N, charterhouse series Made in England. A Germaine Royal Park Camp 7th regiment 39 Battalion enlisted 29/11/16.
Author: Albert Germaine, 1917-1918

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