Arthur Newstead Diary
My Grandfather Arthur Newstead served with the 225th and 101st Field Company Royal Engineers from July 18th 1916 until he returned home to Norwich April 4th 1919. His diary details hair-raising day to day events, names and addresses of fellow soldiers, formulas for demolition and for bridge building, a record of his pay etc. he was the youngest of eight brothers who served in WW1. Amazingly all of them survived.
33 Diary scans and various documents relating to demob and war pension
Diary page July 18th 1916 - Sept 26th 1916 Joins 225th company R E. at the Somme. Present at the offensive of 3rd September. Heavy losses
Joins 225th RE
Goes over the top, 400yds of trench captured
Diary page September 26th - Oct 28. Digs communication trench through no mans land. Goes over top 28th October. 400yds trench captured
Major offensive Beaumont Hamel?
Diary entry November 13th 1916 - big offensive 5000 prisoners captured
Comparatively quiet Friday
Diary entry November 15th - 26th 1916. Troop movements
Ypres. 6000 prisoners.
Diary entry Dec 21st 1916 - June 7th 1917. June 2nd bombardment. Slightly gassed - in hospital for 26 days. Runs into a brother Ernie
Diary entry June 11th - July 24th (page order is confused)
Ypres. Mines. Hill 60
Carnage in the open. Only cover shell holes
Diary entry July 28th - August 20th 1917
Intense bombardment, company loses, 30 horses killed.
Diary entry August 21st - September 4th 1917
Fed up with this front 15,000 prisoners taken
Diary entry September 14th - October 14th 1917
Diary entry October 18th 1917 - February 16th 1918
Arrives Italian front Dec 2nd
Diary entry February 22nd - March 22nd 1918
Home leave March 2nd - 16th
Osiago Plateau ?
Diary entry March 27th - June 15th 1918
Major Offensive, gas shells
Diary entry June 15th - 18th 1918
Diary entry July 20th - Sept 27th 1918
Diary entry October 13th - 27th 1918
Big attack October 27th
Diary entry November 4th 1918
Armistice to be signed by Austria
Earthquake. Germany signs Armistice
Diary entry October 6th - November 11th 1918
Diary entry November 21st 1918 - March 4th 1919
Attached to 101st
Diary entry March 23rd - April 4th 1919
Diary entry May 5th 1919 - October 24th 1919
Diary entry no date
Calculate load bearing capacity of temporary bridges
Addresses and map of GB
Diary entry figures for 24/2/18 to 23/3/19
List of monies
Diary entry March 14th 1919 The 6 Points of the 101st
Rebellion in the ranks?
List of authors, notes about leatherworking?
List of french towns, addresses
notes and figures
Pvte F Soames?
Remittance home, notes on commencement of war
Addresses, notes on demolition
Last page, largely indecipherable
Recruit's Identity Slip
Demob Document Cover
Transfer to Reserve
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Arthur Powell’s Diary
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Arthur Rainey - Gallipoli diary etc
Photograph of the crew of Theseus: Arthur marked with cross just on the right shoulder of the middle soldier lying down. Photocopy of diary kept by Arthur and includes battles and dates. Gunnery and torpedo history Sheet. Certificate of service. Medals. Certificate of identity. Tobacco box Christmas 1914 (Princess Mary's Christmas gift to the troops). || Arthur Rainey was the grandfather of the contributor, Kenneth Duesbery. He tried to join the Navy aged 15, but was brought back home by his mother. He joined legally on 20th August 1903. He served with the crew of Theseus and was at Gallipolli from 18 August 1916. He survived the war and became a postman. || || Front || Arthur Rainey's certficate of identity, Royal Fleet Reserve, Class B || Official document || || Arthur Rainey || Arthur Rainey's gunnery and torpedo history sheet || Form for qualifications obtained: gunnery school record and other examinations in gunnery and torpedo. There are no details of qualifications or examinations entered. || Poem || || Includes battles and dates. The contributor called it the Gallipoli diary and says that Arthur was in Gallipoli from 18th August 1916. The first entry is 7th August, so the diary probably starts in 1916. Some of the writing is also difficult to read, and it has been digitized from a photocopy, so some of the images are faint. || Diary || Arthur Rainey's Gallipoli diary 1916 || Arthur Rainey - Gallipoli diary || || Crew of Theseus || Naval Warfare || Back of image reads My father Arthur Rainey. Front second row, fourth from left with Crew of Theseus.\n Contributor said Arthur marked with cross just on the right shoulder of the middle soldier lying down. || Photograph of the crew of Theseus || Front || Photograph || || Arthur Rainey's certificate of service in the Royal Navy || Official document || Arthur Rainey || || This is an example of the brass tobacco box that was Princess Mary's Christmas gift to the troops in 1914. She was the George V's seventeen year old daughter. It was inscribed. Impericum Britannicum with the monogram MM (for Mary) across the front, and with roundels inscribed with the allies' names: Belgium, Japan, Russia, Montenegro, Servia and France. || Arthur Rainey || Memorabilia || Tobacco box issued to the troops, Christmas 1914 || Gallipoli Front || || Arthur Rainey's medals || Set of three medals. || Medal || Arhtur Rainey
The Diary of Arthur L. Linfoot
The diary entries are reproduced with no editorial excisions. They were written in Pitman’s shorthand, in small pocket diaries, and have been completely transcribed (for the first time in 100 years) by his son || Arthur L. Linfoot (ALL), who volunteered for the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915, left diaries comprising an entry for every day from 1 January 1914 to 31 December 1918. Starting from 1 January 2014, each diary entry will appear on-line at http://www.arthurlinfoot.org.uk/ on the evening of the day 100 years exactly after the day to which it refers.