War Diaries Talk

Corrections and amendments to diary pages

  • SarahPowell by SarahPowell

    In 2 battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry the final few pages consist of corrections to the Aug-Dec 1914 diary pages, not written by the original author but by someone else (couldn't read the name) in Jan 1915. Some of the corrections are quite substantial (e.g. casualty numbers). I'm interested to know why this was done/who authorised it, and if it occurs in other diaries.


  • HeatherC by HeatherC moderator

    I can't answer who authorised this but it does seem that in the chaos of the early months of the war it was not an uncommon occurrence for no proper diary to be kept, either because notes were lost or because all the officers who could have done so were killed or wounded. I already mentioned the example of 1 Glos whose diary for part of Nov-Dec 1914 was lost and supplemented by a report written up in the 1920s.

    Here's an example of the 2nd Welsh still trying to fill in gaps from October 1914 with correspondence dated 1932! http://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD00010rh