Wesley Paul Choat

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First name: Wesley

Middle name: Paul

Last name: Choat

Personal information:

Private Wesley Choat enlisted with his brothers Archibald and Raymond Choat on the same day in 1915 in Adelaide. Wesley Choat trained in Egypt and went to France in 1916. Raymond and Archibald were killed in action 20 July 1916 at Fromelles and Wesley was taken prisoner on the same day. He was a prisoner of war until Oct. 1917 when he escaped and walked out through Holland, taking 5 weeks to reach England. He returned to Australia in February 1918

Wesley Paul Choat's Stories

Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

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