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Diary - Albert Germaine, Hospital & Journey Home, Vol. 2, World War I, 1918 Document Reg. No: ST 037564

Volume two of a diary written by Private Albert Germaine, 39th Battalion, AIF, in 1918. It provides details of life in a military hospital, and his return to Australia on a hospital ship. This volume begins on 12 July 1918.

Albert records his address as New Court Hospital, Cheltenham, Glos., England. Ripley Ward No 1.

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.
Small black diary. Printed by J.J. Banks & Son Booksellers and Stationers, Imperial Library, Cheltenham. Black cover (plain).
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1987
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10.0 cm (Width), 16.3 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: A. Germaine New Court Hospital Cheltenham, Glos, England, Ripley Ward No1. Boat I came on from France to B lightly Warilda, no 3 Aust Auxiliary Hospital Dartford, Little Moor Camp, Weymouth. D24, boat, name Sardinia, 19.10.18. The diary contains entries on the soldier's day to day life in Cheltenham, description of the hospital and hospital boat he worked in. He worked at Weymouth, one week at 26 General Hospital, six weeks 72 General Hospital Trowville, five weeks at New Court Hospital Cheltenham, one week at the no3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital Dartford, 188 days in Hospitals for the last 10 months, Imperial Palace George Sadler. Also he has noted the letters he received from family and friends, and the days he received pay and the amount.
Author: Albert Germaine, 1918

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