World War I: Four British Diaries
||World War I: Four British Diaries
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||Purchased from Sotheby’s
||AG, 2-1986; JEF, 2-27-1998; MN, 11-26-2013
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Four diaries kept by British soldiers during World War I lend personal and official observations of the operations
and strategies of combat. John Errington Lang of the Royal Berkshire Regiment and Machine Gun Corps
recorded his service in his diary and officer’s record from 1913 to 1919. Bombardments of the Gaza Strip are
described in the war diary of the 97th Heavy Artillery Group with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. The War
Diary of the 41st Brigade, Royalfield Artillery, dating from from 1916 to June 1919, recorded fighting in Germany
and Belgium. Marseilles, France and the Somme River are battlegrounds in 1916 and 1917, as recorded in the
War Diary of the 4th Battalion, Worcester Regiment.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1
||John Errington Lang Materials. Includes Lang’s diary and
officer’s record, 1913-1919.
||Box 1 FF 2-4
||War Diaries. Activities of the 97th Heavy Artillery Group; the
41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery; and the 4th Battalion,
Worchester Regiment are recorded in these copies,
Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 ‒ John Errington Lang Materials
||Contains a small booklet in a blue cover entitled “Officer’s Record of
Services, Army Book 439” which belonged to John Errington Lang of the
Royal Berkshire Regiment. Entries include dates from 1913 to 1919. This
file folder also contains Lang’s diary, 105 Machine Gun Company, containing
handwritten pages describing operations against the Germans at Rouge
Croix, Port Logy, Port Arthur, Vielle Chappelle, Beaval, Ribeaucourt, and
Aubigny (Somme), 1916-1917.
Series 2 ‒ War Diaries
||Contains a War Diary of the 97th Heavy Artillery Group. This component of
the Royal Field Artillery engaged in bombardments of Cricket Debout,
Middlesex Hill, Labyrinth, Wadi, Goetz Dedoubt, Tank Ridge, and road exits
from Gaza; then marched to Jerusalem and from there to Alexandria with
the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. 1917.
||Contains a War Diary of the 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, title sheet
dated March 29, 1921. Typewritten on 11" x 16˝” sheets. The diary
describes heavy fighting from July 1, 1916 to June 21, 1919, when all
officers and O. R. of the 41st Brigade were disbanded. The narrative
includes combat with the Germans at Schwaben Redoubt, Munich,
Frankfort, Antwerp, and numerous other places.
||Contains a War Diary from the 4th Battalion, Worchester Regiment, on the
Western Front. The diary, which is handwritten in pencil, begins with arrival
of the Fourth Battalion at Marseilles, France, March 20, 1916, and covers
heavy fighting near the Somme River. Many intelligence summaries,
operation orders, trench maps, and other papers are interspersed among
the pages, which are numbered through 89, but it is followed by many
unnumbered ones. 1916-1917.