War Diary of the 13th Australian Field Ambulance for July 1918; the diary covers the whole of the month and includes the appendices.

The diary details the experiences of the 13th Australian Field Ambulance during the month of August, particularly in relation to the Battle of Amiens on August 8, 1918 (See August 8-9). The diary ends with a brief paragraph relating to the general health of the troops, along with the details of the weather and the unit’s strength.

Also included in the diary are diagrams relating to an apparatus used in the treatment of casualties suffering from shock caused by exposure and/or blood loss (See Appendix 4).

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

Twenty-four unbound pages, evidence that they were once held together by a pin in the top left corner.

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