Cover image for Reminiscences - That Other War by "Private Ashmead"
Reminiscences - That Other War by "Private Ashmead"
Series Number:
Start Date:
01 Mar 1916
End Date:
03 Nov 1919
Tasmanian Archives
Creating Agency:
17 Apr 189725 May 1995
How to Use:
Single volume narrative of personal wartime experience.

Digital images of this volume (and two images contained within the volume) are available to view online by clicking on the item links below to get to the Item Details pages. Copies may be made for private research/study but any other use requires permission from the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.
Series notes:
World War 1 reminiscences of signaller Reginald Biggs, nicknamed "Private Ashmead" after the war correspondent Ashmead Bartlett because Biggs had been a cadet journalist prior to enlisting. Biggs entered Claremont camp on 1 March 1916 for basic training and departed for the battlefield on 2 July 1916. The narrative recounts routine life in the 40th Battalion as well as its exploits. The account also gives an insight into military discipline and its impact, which Biggs refers to as a "cruel scourge" that chafed him constantly. The appendix details Biggs' personal insights into America's role in the war. Reginald Biggs was discharged on 3/11/1919. This account is the product of the editing of Biggs' original narrative by the same title compiled in 1943. Biggs cites various sources: correspondence home during the war

"two scrappy and incomplete diaries" written in shorthand while under fire

clippings of his articles about the Battalion published in the Launceston Examiner

detailed recollections that transpired from the reading of the aforementioned sources. For those events in which he did not personally participate, Biggs cites as his sources recollections of combatants who were "on the spot", and excerpts from "The Fortieth" by Captain Frank Green.

These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives
System of Arrangement:
Chronological narrative.
Information Sources:
See the Australian War Memorial's website for details of Reginald Biggs' service - (AOT October 2008).

Reminiscences - That Other War by "Private Ashmead". Account of the 40th Battalion's Exploits in the First World War by Reginald Biggs
Photograph - This item is the virtual high resolution copy of the image of Reginal Biggs which is on the inside cover of his Reminiscences - That Other War by "Private Ashmead"
Photograph - This item is the virtual high resolution copy of the image of Le Chateau Rouge (Villers-Bretonneux) inserted on page 234 of Reminiscences - That Other War by "Private Ashmead"