The diary details the daily activities of the 13th Australian Field Ambulance, including the ambulance’s movements in Northern France around the area of Amiens. According to the diary, the ambulance’s main duties were as a Walking Wounded Station, before they were ordered to relieve the 8th Field Ambulance in the ‘Forward Area’ as the main evacuation point for the wounded en route to the Main Dressing Station (MDS). (See May 27-31)

Also included are the names of those awarded the Military Medal (see May 16), Military Cross and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (see May 25).

First page of the diary records the date as '1st. June 1918' in the top right corner, however, all subsequent entries and their accompanying dates refer to May 1918.

Part of the collection of World War I memorabilia donated by Sergeant John Lord (#6252), although it is believed that not all of the material relates to his own war service.

John Lord was 19 years old when he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces in June 1915. Originally part of the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, 11th Reinforcement; Lord was transferred to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance upon its formation in February 1916. He subsequently moved to the headquarters of the Assistant Director of Medical Services, 4th Division, in December 1918 where he seems to have spent the remainder of the war. Although listed as ‘effective abroad,’ Lord returned to Australia on 30 October 1919, and was discharged from service on 12 March 1920. He died in 1951.

Physical Description

Eight unbound pages.

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