My Life in the Army, Volume 08


The eighth and final diary written by Archie Wills during World War I. This volume covers the period of Wills' stay at the army camp in Bordon, England until his departure for Canada. The diary illustrates the monotony and frustration of waiting to return to Canada after the war. Wills includes accounts of his transfer to Rhyl, departure from Liverpool (February 10, 1919), the conditions on board the ship, arrival in Halifax (February 20, 1919), and the final journey West by train. The diary also includes notes on conversations and events. During the first half of January 1919 Wills is in the army camp in Bordon, England. On January 20th 1919 he is transferred to Rhyl, where he and other Canadian soldiers wait with increasing frustration for their departure to return home. On February 10th 1919 the men leave Liverpool by ship. On the return journey, many suffer from sea sickness, and the food on board is terrible. On February 20th 1919 the men land in Halifax, where they board a train to the West. People mentioned include: Names Newton Abbot, Bosewell Lee, McIntosh, Clarke, Corp Atkinson, Bob Wills, Tom Webster, Sgt. Asaph; Black, Bowden, Evelyn Sutton ?

In Collection:
Creator Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 1 volume (36 pages) ; 13 x 9 cm
Alternative title
  • Volume 7.. My Life in the Army. Archie Wills. On way home--Camp Borden, Rhyl Halifax, Toronto, Victoria. Dec.31,1918--March 22nd
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 52.16045, -0.70312
  • 44.6464, -63.57291
  • 10, -25
  • 60.10867, -113.64258
Additional physical characteristics
  • Note that the volume of the diary has been crossed out from 7 to be 8.
Physical repository Collection
  • World War One Photographs and Journals
  • Victoria to Vimy First World War Collection
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2005-036; Series: Autobiography; Sub-series: My Life in the Army; Archival Item Identifier: 3.14
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • February 23, 2012
Technical note
  • 400 dpi TIFF. Migration metadata by KD.
  • This material may be protected by copyright. Use of this material is permitted for research and private study purposes only. For all other uses, contact University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives.

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