A Request for Australian Soldier Diaries

Australian’s have stong military connections, with many having Boer War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam or other soldiers in their history.

Our good friends at Regimental Books are doing great stuff to promote Australian military history.

One of the really exciting projects that Regimental Books currently has on the go is their Online Soldier Diaries website, which when complete, which provide online access to personal diaries written by Australian soldiers during wartime.

“Many soldiers kept unofficial personal diaries and recorded their daily activities when in training and also when in the front lines. These diaries now have become a great resource to family historians, researchers or just anyone wanting to “know what it was like” and want to gain a good understanding of what these soldiers experienced.

This site will be a great resource but its success will depend on the assistance from the public or anyone who may have a soldier in diary in their possession.

As such, I would like to put the call out for assistance. Do you have a soldier’s diary (or even better a transcription of a diary)? If you are willing to share this, we would love to get it digitised and put online for all Australians (or anyone else for that matter) to appreciate. All submissions will be fully accredited (or not if you wish to remain anonymous).

We are even happy to organise to get the diary transcribed – our volunteers are all ex-soldiers and have an interest in Australian military history and as such will treat any diaries with extreme care during the transcription process.

It also doesn’t have to be diary – we are happy to also accept stories about soldiers. Apart from being a reference site, this site is also dedicated to the memory of these soldiers and any stories about them keeps their memories alive for future generations. It would be a shame to see their stories lost in the annals of time.

We will also advise everyone of the link to the site as soon as it is complete – its not too far away now!

And one more thing, it will be *free*.”

If you can assist Regimental Books (or know of someone else who can) they would love to hear from you. You can email them at info@regimental-books.com.au or give them a call on (07) 3865 2615.

2 thoughts on “A Request for Australian Soldier Diaries

  1. Can u translate the writing? I can’t read it! I am Australian and I read english and everything, I just can’t read old fashioned writing. Can you type it up so I can read it clearly?

  2. Translating handwriting isn’t something that we ourselves do. Can I suggest that you contact Regimental Books and ask them that question. You can email them at info@regimental-books.com.au or give them a call on (07) 3865 2615.

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