Frederick Richard TRIBE (1892-1917)



Private: 885 Frederick Richard TRIBE.

Born: 24th January 1892. Myall Vale, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:24258/1892.

Died: 22nd July 1917. Killed in Action Messines Ridge, Belgium.

Father: William James Tribe. (18..-1917)

Mother: Alice Ann Tribe. nee: Harris.


Frederick Richard Tribe enlisted in the AIF at Narrabri, N.S.W. on the 12th November 1916 and was allocated to C Company, 33rd Battalion AIF at Armidale and was an original member of the Battalion and proceeding overseas from Sydney onboard HMAT A74 "Marathon" on the 4th May 1916.

Armidale Camp 1916


HMAT A74 "Marathon"

Photo sent home by Frederick Tribe on board the "Marathon" 1916.

Frederick disembarked at Devonport, England on the 9th of July and was marched to the 9th Training Battalion at the Durrington Army Camp, Lark Hill. He continued his training before proceeding overseas for France from Southampton on the 21st November 1916. Frederick was Killed in Action at Messines Ridge, Belgium on the 21st July 1917 and is remembered with honour and is commemerated in perpetuity by the Commonweath War Graves Commission at Toronto War Cemetery.

Narrabri War Memorial

Rowena War Memorial

Copy of Diary by Private: 885 Frederick Richard TRIBE, C Company Signallers, 33rd Battalion AIF. 1916-1917


The diary was given to me after the death of my father in 1981. The diary was written in mono-alphabetic code. As I knew the name of TRIBE it was possible to work out the code from the name and number under the photograph of Trix on the first page. Below is the code.

(Mike Tribe)


Th woman in the photograph was Mildred Pearl Tribe, Fredericks sister. Mildred was called by her friends by her prefered name Pearl. It was Pearl who sent the photographs in the diary to Frederick and Bertie. she had written information on the back of the photographs.

Left Page

Photograph of "Trix" Emily Vincent, cousin of Frederick. Pte F.R Tribe 885 C Coy. Signaller. 33rd Batt AIF. 9th Brigade.

Right Page

21st Left Lark Hill November 21st- sailed to Havre - 48h train to Bailluel - 3 days went into trenches. 27th 8 days out returned 11 Dec. December 18th Out 23rd Went to Stenwerck. 24th - Fatigue and beer 25th - Fatigue and champagne - 14 bottles. 26th Fatigue. 27th Fatigue.

2nd January 1917

28th Dec (1916) Fatigue. 29th Dec Fatigue. 30th Dec Fatigue. 31st Dec Fatigue. January 1st Came to Armintieres - YMCA for signalling school. 2nd Buzzer practice lecture.

3rd January 1917

3rd Buzzer practice lecture - sent letters home.

4th January 1917

4th Buzzer practice lecture.

5th January 1917

5th Buzzer practice lecture. Received parcel from Pearl and Trix. Lamp reading.

6th January 1917

6th Buzzer practice lecture - had a bath - went to the pictures.

7th January 1917

Buzzer practice lecture.

8th January 1917

8th Buzzer practice lecture.

9th January 1917

9th Buzzer practice lecture - lamp reading - learnt linesman work - running wires and tying knots and splicing wires.

10th January 1917

10th Buzzer practice lecture - went to the pictures - paid 40 francs.

11th January 1917

11th Buzzer practice lecture.

12th January 1917

12th Buzzer practice lecture - lamp reading.

13th January 1917

13th Buzzer practice lecture - had a bath - went to the pictures.

14th January 1917

Buzzer practice lecture.

15th January 1917

Tiny went away to a school signalling - buzzer practice lecture - wrote letters home - lecture on lines and wire repairing also cable wires and sizes.


16th January 1917

Lecture on wire tieing and wire splicing and testing - snowed all night - very cold.

17th January 1917

Fatigue till dinner - rifle inspection - received parcel from Pearl and Trix with socks and balaclava cap - heard peace would be declared in week - snowed all day and night very cold.

18th January 1917

Left school today - in billets 10 min’ walk from trenches named “Looplines” - Lance Corporal: 968 Claude Edwin MOORE and I took over lines today - good billets here - pictures hanging all around the room. Operators Private: 828 Roy McCUMSTIE.   Private: 862 Edgar Halley ROSE  Private: 710 Frederick George BOYS.   Private: 956 Richard Alexander WHITE. No beer for a while and I am dry - boys playing cards - no bon.

19th January 1917

I/C linesman Private: 885 Frederick Richard TRIBE - went along lines today all in bad state - almost disc’ - had a lot of work repairing lines and tabbing lines - prepairing a lot of copper wire today for splicing wires - wrote to Pearl and Trix also Mari - big barrage today on both sides - very little tucker today - was very hungry - no Bon eh.

20th January 1917

20th Found line disc’ - from G.R.11 to G. q. 2 Lieutenant: William Richard COOMBES instructed us linesmen to do no duty as we are responsible for communications - received a parcel from the “Armidale comforts fund” and it was welcome - heavy barrage with cannon guns on both sides during the day and night - snow everywhere - no bon.

21st January 1917

36th: Lieutenant Colonel: James William Albert SIMPSON. M.C. killed - also 30 men killed by shells - lines all O.K. today - letters received - Pearl 1 - Trix 1 - Alice 1 - Leslie 1 - snow everywhere no bon - heavy bombardment on both sides.

22nd January 1917

Heavy bombardment on both sides from 12pm till 7pm then Germans advanced under their barrage in 3 waves capturing our front trench- I.A. C. Coy’ sector first line got into trench - sec’ got half way across no mans land and third cleared back then Australians advanced driving Germans out- killed all but six Australians loosing heavy our Coy’- had to go up and stand ready at hand- our house was shaking a treat -terrible cold - snow everywhere - heard Tiny is in hospital today with the “itch” no bon.

23rd January 1917

Private: 956 Richard Alexander WHITE went out to trenches today to take over office-a very quiet day today-two platoons took over trenches at “Looplines” Armintieres-received parcel from Mrs Lowe-tra bon.

24th January 1917

My birthday today 25 years old - we took over trenches today and sigs’ took over signalling boxes 2.Y. in firing line and 1 in the supports trench - took over lines today - in a bad state nearly all buried - Roy and I nearly got shot - Wiz Bangs and shrapnel flying everywhere - Private: 818 William Herbert "Bert" MATLEY was wounded today and in hospital - night very quiet.

25th January 1917

‘Fritz’ shelled hell out of us today and I had to duck - no bon - night was very quiet - one man wounded - very cold night frosts.--D.STA TION.GR5.T.STATION.GR.4-T.SS.STATION.SS.S.STATION.STUNT LINE.ARTILLERYLINEG.O.15-18SOS.BATTALION.G.R.2.

26th January 1917

Repairing lines and shifting camp from firing line back to C. Coy’ H.Q.R.S. a good pozzieo - a few shots exchanged during the day - nearly got hit 3 times today with shrapnel- snow lying everywhere yet night very calm.

27th January 1917

Kaizer Bill’s birthday today - Claud and I nearly got shot - Fritz turned his artillery on to us going along following a line- about 30 shells burst around us but we got unhurt - we crawled back along ice and cleared - artillery duels during day - Lance Corporal: 968 Claude Edwin MOORE got word to go to a signalling school - night very calm - received letters from home.

28th January 1917

Fritz very lively today - nearly got killed several times today - line went disc’ while bombardment was on and I had to go out in it all - shells were bursting everywhere - Claud MOORE went to school - Fritz shelled us on and off all day - our artillery is giving Fritz hell tonight - there is a raiding party going over to raid the Germans tonight - everyone left trenches except Capt’ and Sgt Major and signallers - very quiet now again - all sigs’ in dug out.

29th January 1917

Raid very successful - four prisoners taken and heavy casualties on both sides - another man wounded - about 70 casualties in the raid - Bert MATLEY returned from hospital.

30th January 1917

Bombardment on both sides with artillery shells bursting everywhere - lines disc’ everywhere - night very quiet only rifle and machine guns firing - a few blighties and graveyards today - night very quiet.

31st January 1917

35th took over today - trenches -Billiting in Armintieres - had eight days in trenches - snowing nearly all the time - terrible cold - plenty fatigues for a while - snowed all day - very cold.

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Shoe Smith V.J Huggins. No:69681 J Battery RHA British Expeditionary Forces France. Fredericks brother Bertie (Tiny) Tribe. L/Cpl B.R. Tribe, 25th General Hospital, Hardilot, France.

1st February 1917

Fatigue all night from 8.30 till 3.30am - everything quiet.

2nd February 1917

Fatigue all night - drill during day.

3rd February 1917

Fatigue all night - drill during day.

4th February 1917

Fatigue all night - got tooth pulled out - drill during day - America declared war on Germany.

5th February 1917

Fatigue all night - went to doctor with sore foot - bath parade - had a letter from Tiny - still in hospital with rash - had wild night and saw French brawl.

6th February 1917

Took over trenches from 35th - very quiet day a few shells flying - Saxtons on our front - I took over telephone lines all in bad state - no rations today no-bon - our Coy’ holding two fronts - B and C.

7th February 1917

Artillery duels during the day also aeroplane fights in the air - day otherwise calm also night - temperatures day -25--night--15.

8th February 1917

Terrible heavy bombardment on and off all day - Fritz shelled hell out of us this evening - killed 2 - wounded 12 including one officer - night very cold - Wounded --- Private: 1853 Arnold Sydney "Darkie" Johnston   and Private: 459 Norman Hall "Snow" Johnston.   Private: 1862 Frederick John LAW received letters.

9th February 1917

Gave Fritz hell with plum pudding - Temp - night 5 - day - 25 - night very quiet - one signaller killed - Private: 438 Herbert William HARRIS.

10th February 1917

Great artillery duels on both sides - aeroplane fights in the air - a great sight - fixing telephone wires - night very quiet.

11th February 1917

Terrible heavy bombardment on and off all day and night - they had me ducking all roads - (compre)

12th February 1917

Came out of trenches today - had rough time - billeted on canal - had a letter from Tiny today he is still in hospital doing well.

13th February 1917

Everything quiet and no leave - rivers are all frozen - temp-day 30 - night - 8 - heavy bombardment down on our right flank.

14th February 1917

Day very quiet and cold - heavy barrage down on our left flank.

15th February 1917

Heavy bombardment along our lines and also artillery duel - forcasts - very frosty and cold.

16th February 1917

Heavy bombardment all along the line and artillery duels and aeroplane duels - got paid today tray-bon - line went disc between G.1.2. And G . r. 11.

17th February 1917

Heavy bombardment between the artillery on both sides - shells falling everywhere - night very quiet.

18th February 1917

Took over trenches today in a terrible state water over our boot tops on the duck boards - terrible heavy shelling all day but we gave him hell with flying pigs and trench mortars also artillery - Heavy bombardment on both flanks tonight for raiders - out fixing lines while the barage was on - all lines disc’ - no casualties during the day - night very quiet.

19th February 1917

Heavy bombardment on off all day - wild night expected - our artillery opened fire on Fritz at 10 pm and continued until 11 pm and gave him hell - but raid.

20th February 1917

Morning very lively - bombardment started at 12pm finishing at 1pm - all men withdrew from lines no casualties - evening and night very quiet excepting machine gun and rifle fire - Lance Corporal: 968 Claude Edwin MOORE arrived back from school today - two men accidently wounded today - rained all day and night trenches all mud and water - in fact cruel - no-bon.

21st February 1917

Heavy bombardment throughout the day - night very quiet - had heavy day fixing lines for raiders - Private: 972 Oswald Henry PHIFER wounded raiding - B. Coy’ caught spie in trenches.

22nd February 1917

Terrible quiet day and night no bombardment - 2 killed on fatigue- had heavy day laying telephone wires for raid - forcasts - cold and raining.

23rd February 1917

Gave Fritz hell all day today but he didn’t respond - artillery barage - one sniper awarded medal for bravery - he crawled out within 30 yards of German lines and shot 5 Fritz and 3 followed him but were shot - mud half way up to our knees in trenches - Private: 1977 Sydney Clifford "Pretty" WOODHAM joined us today - looks well.

24th February 1917

Our boys raided Fritz causing him heavy casualties - 25 killed and wounded on our side - quiet during day.

25th February 1917

Handed over trenches to 35th and went into billets ½ past 11 square - 10th Bde raided Germans very successfully causing many casualties on enemys.

26th February 1917

Fatigues all day.

27th February 1917

Fatigues all day - had tooth drawn - pay day today.

28th February 1917

Fatigues all day.

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Drawing of a (as Frederick describes it) Fritz aeroplane. Both top and bottom drawings.

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1st March 1917

fatigues all day.

2nd March 1917

Fatigues all day.

3rd March 1917

Fatigues all day.

4th March 1917

Took over trenches today - in bad state - mud and water up to our knees - very quiet day today - night also quiet - dad boys went to school.

5th March 1917

Fritz lively on off all day - had busy day fixing lines - night quiet - snowed all day today - terrible cold.

6th March 1917

Very quiet all day - Fritz started shelling our trenches tonight but our guns at him and he shut up like a book - lasted about half an hour.

7th March 1917

Gave Fritz hell this evening with guns and flying pigs but he never responded - night very quiet - day very cold - trenches full of water and ice - in terrible state - running telephone wires for gas alarms.

8th March 1917

Very quiet day but very cold - night also quiet.

9th March 1917

Battalion changed over today - 34th took over - signallers had to stay behind - Mat transferred to Batt’ HQRS sigs’ day very lively - snowed all day - very cold - night very quiet.

10th March 1917

Sig’s went out today at 12noon very tired - received letters today - billeted at half past eleven square.

11th March 1917

Signallers school started YMCA today - all our boys had to attend - lamp - disc’- buzzer- and flag wagging for seven hours daily.

12th March 1917

Attended school - Sergeant: 811 Clarence James "Jimmie" LLOYD awarded military medal.

13th March 1917

Attended school - Private: 5136A Thomas David MORTON got DCM presented today.

14th March 1917

Attended school.

15th March 1917

Attended school.

16th March 1917

Attended school - also finished today - Private: 866 George Frederick SEAGOTT. got his military medal today also quiet Mackenzie Lieutenant: 918 William Douglas McKENZIE. the military cross.

17th March 1917

Took over trenches today- in bad state - also lines from 35 at square farm - Sandy and I stopped behind sick and followed up in evening - both sides shelled all day continuously - night only rifle otherwise very quiet - Mac’ still helping us - our stating call G.S.6 - gassed old Fritz.

18th March 1917

Very quiet day - had very busy day today tracing and mending lines - in bad state - great display of aeroplanes they went nearly out of sight over Fritz lines - 8 in all - battle planes - trenches in awful state most of them blown away - one aeroplane brought down on enemy lines.

19th March 1917

Snowed day and night - terrible cold - artillery duels during day and night.

20th March 1917

Raining all day - trenches in awful state - heavy shelling during the day and heavy rifle fire during the night.

21st March 1917

Snowed all day - terrible cold and wet - no-bon - very quiet day and night.

22nd March 1917

Very quiet all day.

23rd March 1917

35th took over trenches today and we went into billets near ‘barb wire square’ - rained and snowed - no leave - C Coy’ in reserve.

24th March 1917

Attended signalling school - rained and snowed - terrible cold.

25th March 1917

Sig’ school - snowed and rained.

26th March 1917

Sig school - snowed.

27th March 1917

Sig school - had leave.

28th March 1917

Sig school - snowed.

29th March 1917

Sig school - heavy bombardment - snowed.

30th March 1917

Sig school - snowed.

31st March 1917

Sig school.


Code for signals.


Drawing of areoplane---A Fritz Areoplane.



1st April 1917

Sig school - snowing - leave - no mails while out this time.

2nd April 1917

Took over trenches today - Fritz pretty lively - heavy bombardments along the lines - terrible cold and snowing - trenches very cold and wet.

3rd April 1917

Terrible heavy bombardment on right flank all day - had plenty shells flying on both sides - night very cold - snowed all day - sighted Fritz HQRS.

4th April 1917

Very quiet all day - shelled Fritz HQRS today - night very quiet - also quiet.

5th April 1917

Helped to run wires for bombardment which ended successfully - I had to duck - Tiny came back today - very quiet night - Fritz raided ‘plug street’ but he got hell with barrage.

6th April 1917

Very quiet day and night - rained all day on and off.

7th April 1917

Very quiet day and night.

8th April 1917

Relieved by 10th brigade - day very quiet - night very lively - while we changed over few casualties - billeted near YMCA.

9th April 1917

Rode bikes from Armintieres - camping at Boore with transport - went through a lot of towns - very tired at night - had heavy snow storm - no blankets.

10th April 1917

Left Boore and went to Berougne and camp - had rough day riding - rained all day.

11th April 1917

Left Berougne and went to 5 kil from St. Omea and met battalion - snowed and rained.

12th April 1917

Batt’ marched down to Senninghem to billets - all very tired - camped in pig shed.

13th April 1917

Signalling practice on hills - heard uncle Bob died.

14th April 1917

Sig practice.

15th April 1917

Sig practice.

16th April 1917

Sig practice.

17th April 1917

Sig practice.

18h April 1917

Sig practice.

19th April 1917

Sig practice.

20th April 1917

Sig practice - Batt’n stunt a great success.

21st April 1917

Sig practice - brigade stunt a success.

22nd April 1917

Sig practice - Brig’ stunt this morning - half holiday in evening - all estaminets closed in Senninghem today.

23rd April 1917

Had brigade stunt today - saw a lot of deer - 20 in all.

24th April 1917

Holiday to vote but I didn’t vote.

25th April 1917

Started back from Senninghem on route march - whole brigade - marched 20 miles - all very tired - I punctured.

26th April 1917

Had mouse catching competition this morning caught 100 - marching to here today I came on motor transport - name Pradelle - walked back to Hazebrouck - Tiny- Sandy and I nothing doing.

27th April 1917

Batt’ marched to Armintieres to billets - I came on transport sick - then Tiny Sandy Boys Rosie and I went out for a night out - tra-bon.

28th April 1917

Muster parade and had to pay YS tax for huts damages at Lark Hill - rest during day - tra bon - Fritz seems quiet today.

29th April 1917

Shifted billets from Armintieres to Ponte - Neipes - good billets.

30th April 1917

Attended signalling school.

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Drawing of Aeroplane

A French areoplane.

1st May 1917

Attended signalling school.

2nd May 1917

Attended signalling school.

3rd May 1917

Attended signalling school.

4th May 1917

Attended signalling school.

5th May 1917

Attended signalling school.

6th May 1917

All specialists moved into trenches - terrible bombardment on right and left flanks - thought Fritz was coming over - after he finished our guns gave him hell - Batt’ couldn’t take over and we had to report back to billets - a wild night - landed home at 2 o clock am.

7th May 1917

Successfully took over trenches from 35th Batt’ near ‘Plug street’- Fritz very quiet all day and night - signalling station right in front parapet lines in bad state.

8th May 1917

Very lively on and off all day and night with shell fire - plenty work.

9th May 1917

Very lively during day and night with shell fire.

10th May 1917

Very lively again - Fritz raided us about 12 o clock but didn’t get in - one man won military medal for bravery.

11th May 1917

Heavy shelling all day - night very quiet.

12th May 1917

Lively all day again - expected Fritz to raid - waiting on him but he didn’t come over - I found one man blown to pieces behind supports - shell fire very heavy.

13th May 1917

Both sides shelled very heavy all day - changed over to 34th Batt’ and we stopped in the subsidiary lines.

14th May 1917

Everything Quiet.

15th May 1917

Day and night very quiet.

16th May 1917

Day and night very quiet.

17th May 1917

Fritz raided but never reached our lines - otherwise very quiet - Fritz lost very heavy.

18th May 1917

Very quiet day but Fritz put a terrible barrage and then raided but he got hell fire - men got into trenches - rest of the night was quiet - raid lasted one hour.

19th May 1917

Day very quiet as yet - expect Germans to raid tonight - night very quiet.

20th May 1917

35th took over today - we shifted into scrub behind ‘Plug street’ - day and night very quiet - Batt’ camped in scrub in tents.

21st May 1917

Very quiet.

22nd May 1917

Very quiet.

23rd May 1917

Very quiet - took over ‘Plug street’ from 40th batt’.

24th May 1917

Day very lively - shells flying everywhere - gave Fritz hell tonight with gas shells and pigs.

25th May 1917

Very lively all day artillery - night very quiet.

26th May 1917

Nothing doing.

27th May 1917

Nothing doing.

28th May 1917

Nothing doing.

29th May 1917

Tiny went back into reserve with about 50 others - shifted billets to Neippe.

30th May 1917

Training for stunt.

31st May 1917

Training for stunt.

1st June 1917

2nd June 1917

Training for stunt.

3rd June 1917

Training for stunt.

4th June 1917

Training for stunt.

5th June 1917

Training for stunt.

6th June 1917

Resting all day ready to go over the top - started out to trenches at 10.30 pm - Fritz sent over gas and gassed a lot.

7th June 1917

Hopped over the top at 3 am. Several mines went up then we charged taking Fritz 2 lines and killed a terrible lot of Fritz. - he left a terrible lot of rifles and other things - we gave him hell. - the NZE. Took Messines and blocked all counter attacks - Sergeant: 1484 Donald McDONALD killed - ‘we made him love us’.

8th June 1917

Lost heavily holding lines - it was a hell on earth - Private: 882 George Thomas TAYLOR was killed - terrible heavy counter attack repulsed - Private: 69 Jack "Joe" Farley wounded in the leg.

9th June 1917

Very heavy shelling all day and night - 33rd Batt’ took on advance post 300 yards advance of our lines and held it - terrible heavy shelling.


10th June 1917

We took another advance post 400 yards under heavy fire but lost our captain - we lost every officer in the attack also nearly all our Nco’s.

11th June 1917

Handed over to 35th Batt’ and came back to ‘Plug street’ - good to rest - heavy shelling all day and night.

12th June 1917

Camped in ‘Plug street’ wood -- all very quiet.

13th June 1917

Shifted to Neiuve Agleice for rest.

14th June 1917

Resting all day - Tiny and all reserves came back today.

15th June 1917

Marched to Doulou for rest 3 miles from Essenes.

16th June 1917

Had to report to B. HQ. for signalling school - had a tra-bon time.

17th June 1917

Signalling school.

18th June 1917

Concert at D.Coy’s billet tonight - good turnout.

19th June 1917

Holiday for sports - very good.

20th June 1917

Route march out to canal in scrub - 10 miles - for sports and swimming -had good time.

21th June 1917

Left Doulou to come back to Neiuve Agleice.

22nd June 1917

Took over Messenes Ridge from tommies - no dug outs made - no-bon - pretty lively.

23rd June 1917

Pretty lively day and night with artillery and gas shells - Fritz destroyed 3 our baloons - all burnt - I am at D. Coy’s HQRS. Operating on phone.

24th June 1917

Very lively with shells all day and night - also gas shells - helping D. Coy’ Sig’s.

25th June 1917

Very lively - shelling day and night - also plenty gas shells - Fritz brought down 2 of our aeroplanes today.

26th June 1917

Shelling on and off all day and night - also gas shells.

27th June 1917

Very lively all day and night with shells but no gas on account of it raining - 3 of our boys wounded and 1 killed Corporal: 1425 Cyril Russell EATON awarded the M.M. and Billie the D.C.M. Also a lot of others.

28th June 1917

Shelling heavy all day but night very quiet - a terrible thunder storm just arrived and washed all hands out of their dugouts - Sig’ dugout got full of water and then nearly fell in - terrific bombardment on our right somewhere about ‘Hoop lines’ - lasted over two hours.

29th June 1917

Heavy shelling all day but night pretty quiet - I nearly got a blighty - a piece of shrapnel hit me on the arm - plenty aeroplane duels during the day - still at D.Coy’ Sig’ office - Fritz raided 39th Batt’ on our left but was repulsed - they got 109 prisoners of Fritz and leaving a lot of dead - started at 11pm. at night.

30th June 1917

Shelling heavy all day and throughout the night - few casualties - rained all day and night - trenches very sloppy and wet.

Page of test notes.

First page of test notes, not written in code. Information on the set up and testing of field telephone system and morse sets.

Two pages of test information and call signs.

These two pages not in code, call signs-actual letters. The test instructions I presume were for the field telephone system and battery/H.T. supplies.

1st July 1917

1st Shelling heavy all day but night pretty quiet - Fritz got 4 of our batteries today ( heavies ) - still wet and muddy otherwise tra-bon - still at D. Coy’ Sig’ office.

2nd July 1917

Handed over to 34th Batt’ - billeted at tents at Neiuve Agleice - a good camp - very bad with cold.

3rd July 1917

Attended signalling parades all day.

4th July 1917

Attended signalling school all day - had half holiday today - had open air concert and was very good.

5th July 1917

Attended sig’ school - held Batt’ concert after tea was very good.

6th July 1917

Attended sig’ school - had church service band us off - leaving billets at 12.45 PM.

7th July 1917

Took over from 35th Batt’ at Messenes hill - in a bad state - no dugouts - slept in trench. - made dugouts today - pretty quiet all day.

8th July 1917

Very lively with shells - few aeroplanes fights - rolling up cable wires - raining all day.

9th July 1917

Shelling heavy all day - rolling cable all morning - went up to front lines and they are in an awful state - mud over our knees all along the trenches - shell fell in sigs’ dugout and wounded one sig’r - still raining and very muddy.

10th July 1917

Shelled all day and night on and off - Dad and Cooper went out to trenches tonight.

11th July 1917

Took over trenches from 11th Brigade at Messenes - shelled us heavily day and night.

12th July 1917

Fritz shelled us all day and night very heavily.

13th July 1917

Fritz shelled us all day very heavily - Fritz raided the sector on our right but never got in - terrible heavy shelling - rained all day very muddy - Stan and Bert went to Sig’ school - Private: 818 William Herbert "Bert" MATLEY went away to England to 9th training Battalion.

14th July 1917

Fritz shelled us all day and night very heavily and an extra share for night - terrible shelling on our - tip- advance - raided heavily all night - trenches in an awful state. Corporal: 911 John Thomas WYNN wounded. Corporal: 704 Stanley Joseph BARROW Killed.

15th July 1917

Sergeant: 811 Clarence James "Jimmie" LLOYD and Sergeant: 842 Sidney Raymond NELSON wounded at 3 am. - terrible shelling during day and night.

16th July 1917

Terrible heavy shelling during day and night along all fronts.

17th July 1917

Heavy shelling during day and night - a real hell in the sector - 35th took over from us tonight - came back in support to subsidiary lines.

18th July 1917

Heavy bombardments during day and night - heavy shelling on our left towards ‘Dunkirk way’ raining all night - our artillery bombarded twice during night.

19th July 1917

Heavy shelling during day and night all along the lines - still raining.

20th July 1917

Very heavy shelling on our front all day and night - then our guns gave him hell - nearly got hit with 2 shells -duds- going for supper.

21st July 1917

No entry.

The last entry in the diary was written---- F. R. Tribe was killed, I presume that it was written by Bertie his brother.

Translated copy diary by Mike Tribe of Dorset, England.
Below are the details of Frederick and Bertie. Frederick Tribe was my great uncle. Frederick Richard Tribe - born - 1892 Myall Vale, Narrabri. Bertie Robert Tribe - born - 1893 Narrabri. - died 1950 Moree, NSW Parents of both were - William James Tribe and Alice Ann Tribe - of Narrabri - Myall Vale.

Bertie Tribe was my grandfather, he married Annie Elizabeth Grant in 1918 at Weymouth, Dorset, England. Their son Robert James Tribe was my father. Bertie and Annie, later (circa late 1920s) divorced and Bertie may have remarried.

I live in Dorset, England. I have made contact with many relatives in Australia but am always interested in hearing from any others interested in the WWI history of the Tribe family.

(Mike Tribe; February 2010)

Family Information

Frederick Richard Tribe was a single 23 year old Labourer from Rowena, N.S.W. upon enlistment. His parents William James and Alice Maude Tribe were married on the 21st july 1884 at Narrabri, N.S.W. and had at least 7 children. Walter Henry Tribe born 1885 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:27923/1885. William James Tribe born 1887 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:29453/1887 and died in 1948 at Armidale, N.S.W. Death Cert:21718/1948. Ernest Thomas Tribe born 1889 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:28908/1889. Frederick Richard Tribe born 1892 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:24258/1892 and died in 1917. Messines Ridge, Belgium. Bertie Robert Tribe born 1893 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:24813/1893 and died in 1950 at Moree, N.S.W. Death Cert:19902/1950. Mildred Pearl Tribe born 1896 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:5541/1896 and died in 1915 at Armidale, N.S.W. Death Cert:7007/1915. Leslie CHarles Tribe born 1897 at Narrabri, N.S.W. Birth Cert:24053/1897.

N.S.W. Birth Records.

Frederick enlisted with his brother;Private: 884 Bertie Robert Tribe 33rd Battalion AIF.

Bethllem Toronto Military Cemetery

The War Graves Photographic Project (in association with the CWGC)

Military Records

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