Welcome to the Woodman Diary

The Woodman Diary is a digital edition of the World War I diary of Albert “Bert” Woodman, an Irishman of Anglo-Protestant descent who served as a telegrapher and signaler in the “L” Signal Company of the Royal Engineers. Read more about Albert Woodman and his family.

From January to November of 1918, Bert faithfully and carefully recounted his experiences as a soldier stationed in Dunkirk, France. Supplemented with historical background and context, this digital edition of The Woodman Diary offers a fascinating first-person account of life on the Western Front in the last months of the First World War. Learn more about the historical context of the diary or read the diary.

The Woodman Diary digital edition was created by postgraduate students enrolled in the Digital Scholarly Editing module at Maynooth University. For further information or to contact us regarding the diary or the project, send us an email at woodmandiaries@gmail.com.