File NLW MS 23924A. - Great War Diary

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NLW MS 23924A.


Great War Diary


  • 1914-1916 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

53 ff. with insertions (ff. 15-21, 26-30 blank) ; 100 x 155 mm.

Pocket notebook, cloth covers, pages gilt edged.

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Ms Hilary John; Llanelli; Purchase; May 2004; 0200405154.

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Scope and content

Notebook, 1914-1916, kept by Nursing Sergeant Davies of 'C' section of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance unit, attached to the 38th (Welsh) Division of the British Army. It includes a diary, November 1914-June 1916 (ff. 1-12), describing duties in Britain before embarkation for France on 3 December 1915, and subsequent activities on the Western Front prior to the Battle of Mametz Wood.
A draft application for an army commission (ff. 45, 46 verso) suggests that Sergeant Davies was a native of Carmarthenshire and a former miner. The notebook also contains medicinal recipes (ff. 13-14, 44 verso, 45-6), ration tables (ff. 8 verso-9, 14), and poetry in both English and Welsh (ff. 22 verso-23, 31-44, 49-53). An additional folio, tipped into the volume (f. 16a), contains further diary entries, October 1916, and suggests the existence of a second volume, subsequently lost.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Several folios removed before accession at NLW.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23924A.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2012.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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  • Text: NLW MS 23924A; $q - Several folios removed.