The Gallipoli Diaries of Francis Badham Oliver
Within the personal archives of Alexander Oliver (ref P07) held at the University Archives, are papers of his son, Francis Badham Oliver’s service during World War 1. Francis enrolled in the AIF on 7 August 1914. He took part in the Gallipoli campaign where he was promoted to Sergeant, and later saw service in France. He suffered from a mustard gas attack whilst serving on the Somme, and was blinded for several weeks. For more biographical information on Francis please click here.
Oliver kept 3 war diaries, from 19 October 1914 until 4 July 1915. To read an extract from one of Francis’ diaries that he wrote while at Gallipoli, 24 April 1915 - 1 May 1915 please click here.
To view a short film with extracts of the diary please click here
There are more papers regarding Francis’ military service in his father’s archives. Click here to view the guide.
You can also view Francis’s war records at the Discovering ANZACS site
For more first hand accounts of World War 1 from the alumni, staff and students of the University see Beyond 1914. The University of Sydney and The Great War