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The diary of Joseph Cecil Thompson, stretcher bearer and Band Leader with the 9th Battalion of the 1st AIF during World War One. First entry dated from the 25th April 1915 – the Gallipoli landing. Other details noted include names of stretcher bearers, their wounds or manner of death and a list of ‘top tips’ for a soldier in the trenches! Transcriptions of each page are included. Also included here is a letter to my grandfather from Captain (later Colonel) Butler – original medical officer with the 9th Battalion – regarding his award of the DSO – seems he felt duty bound to acknowledge the work contributed by all the members of the RME, even though he alone was distinguished for a medal. The Australian War Memorial has photos of Captain Butler loaded to Picture Australia, with captions that tell the ‘official’ story of his DSO. This letter makes a nice counterpoint to the official history.

The diary of Joseph Cecil Thompson, stretcher bearer and Band Leader with the 9th Battalion of the 1st AIF during World War One. First entry dated from the 25th April 1915 – the Gallipoli landing. Other details noted include names of stretcher bearers, their wounds or manner of death and a list of ‘top tips’ for a soldier in the trenches! Transcriptions of each page are included.

Also included here is a letter to Joseph from Captain (later Colonel) Butler – original medical officer with the 9th Battalion – regarding his award of the DSO – seems he felt duty bound to acknowledge the work contributed by all the members of the RME, even though he alone was distinguished for a medal. The Australian War Memorial has photos of Captain Butler loaded to Picture Australia, with captions that tell the ‘official’ story of his DSO. This letter makes a nice counterpoint to the official history.

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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