World War One

Personal Diary

Date: 1914 - 1916

Personal dairy; 12cm by 7cm; original card covers. A fascinating and unusual Great War dairy, kept by a member of H Battery Royal Horse Artillery, which joined the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division B.E.F. in September 1914. Written in pencil the diary begins with the man's call up on 4th August 1914, and gives details of active service including, action at ‘Plug Street’, the Battle of Loos, one of the early uses of poison gas, bombardments, casualties, trench digging, the loss of his horse, the downing of an aeroplane by the Germans, and many interesting details of daily life. The final entry is for March 15th 1916: 'still in action not much doing'. Also includes technical notes on the operation of field telephones, and a forwarding address 'if found'. The name of the diarist is never stated explicitly, but the name 'Childs' appears, as well as a reference to a lady called May. It is of interest to note that an F Childs of Q battery RHA died in 1918, leaving a widow named May. Pocket worn.

Binding
Card

£500

Offered by York Modern Books