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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Lemnos Hero - Lance Corporal William Lycett's Great War Diary - Moonee Valley Leader

Above is a report from the Moonee Valley Leader, Wednesday 14 October 2015, telling some of the story of Lance Corporal William Lycett's connection to Lemnos in 1915.


Great War Diary of 2063 Lance Corporal William Dalton Lycett served with the 4th Field Ambulance AIF & 15th Australian Light Railway Operating Company in the First World War.
I have read the full dairy and it contains many more detailed references of his time on Lemnos - in April before the landings, September through October and after the evacuation of the peninsula in December.
William appears to have had a good time on Lemnos - seeing the Island, visiting Therma, buying fresh food from the locals. He records visits to the Australian hospitals on Lemnos. 
Here is an excerpt from his diary for Monday, 18th October:

"After breakfast set out for No. 3 General Hospital to see dentist, great crowd waiting to see him or them. Waited about 2 hours and then succeeded in getting an appointment for Monday next at 2.15 p.m. Left No. 3 General Hospital and went with a pal to see a friend of his who is sick in No. 2 Stationary Hospital. Stayed talking to him till 12 midday, the hospital he was in was splendid and clean and patients all looked contented. Spoke to sister in charge of ward, practically first woman spoke to since leaving Melbourne 10 months."


Thanks Executive member, Arlene Bennett, for providing this article.

Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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