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Daniel Dougal Diaries

Date range: 1914-1918

Medium: Archive

Daniel Dougal (1884-1948) was a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist. He was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manchester from 1927 until his death.

During the First World War, Dougal served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and was awarded the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre (with Palms). By the end of the War, he was serving as Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services in the 34th Division. Daniel kept extremely detailed diaries during this period, recording his experiences as an officer and describing how medical services were organised on the Western Front. Post-war, he had these diaries typed to form an accessible record of his war service.

The Diaries cover the period from April 1915 to December 1918, during which Dougal was almost continuously in service on the Western Front. Dougal describes his experiences during major actions such as the Somme, Arras, the Third Battle of Ypres, the German Spring Offensive of 1918, and the following Allied counter-offensive, which led to the end of the War.

The Diaries provide interesting insights and comments on conditions for soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War, and are therefore an important source for the medical history of the War.

Further information:

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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