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World War I diary of Sgt. George McLean,


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In Collection: George Hugh McLean Collection, 1914-1980.
Description: McLean records his regimental number, rank ('Signaller'), name, home address in Dublin and Corps - 'Wireless Section R[oyal] E[ngineers]'. Entries are dated from 20 January 1916 and make reference to his work in the telegraph office, his narrowly escaping injury following an explosion at Domqueur, his 'rotten billet' in Autheux ('a stable in the middle of a manure heap'), night bombardments, injuries and fatalities among his comrades, the arrival of visiting dignitaries, periods of homesickness (21 Apr), rations and conditions in the trenches in July ('no water or food regular hell'), letters from home and his own movements across northern France. He also records his thoughts on the Easter Rising - 'Disgraceful news about Dublin rumour that Ulser Div is for home to have a go at the rebels' on April 29 and subsequently on 5-6 May.

Printed information in the diary includes 'The Soldiers' Guide to French' , directions for finding your way by the sun and pole star, on military terminology and definitions, guidelines for map reading, 'some useful knots', rifle definitions, morse code, first aid and bugle calls.
Main Creator: McLean, George Hugh, 1890-1971
Extent: I vol.
Call Number: MS 49,727/4 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.