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#1 Bullecourt

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:10 AM

Looking for anybody who might have references they can share to diaries, letters, articles etc by members of "D" Company, 10th battalion, Ist AIF, especially from the unit's formation in Adelaide in 1914 to Bullecourt, May 1917. An ancestor - Harold Edgar Jackson - was in that company through the Gallipoli landing (wounded, evacuated, July), Pozieres ( August 1916, severely wounded) and was finally killed May 5, 1917, at 2nd Bullecourt after a long period in hospital in England, and after being in and out of field hospitals with rickets on his return to the unit. Much marvellous detail, especially at the battalion level, available through the likes of Bean, the 3 battalion histories, the Australian War Memorial, the battalion war diary and remarkable National Archives. These have provided much data - but intimate detail of dispositions at the company level during campaigns is scant. It's there in staccato style in the battalion diary, but have been so far unable to find direct, personal, memoirs - especially of the Anzac Gallipoli landing, which was messy to say the least: few units were where they were meant to be. Would therefore be particularly interested in any surviving first hand descriptions of April 25 1915 in particular.