Guide to the Papers of Eric Sydney Walpole Sealy-Vidal [MSS 272]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Eric Sydney Walpole Sealy-Vidal
Manuscript Number MSS 272
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 6 cm (2 boxes)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection comprises personal papers, handwritten lecture notes taken at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and photographs. Also included is a typescript copy of 'A brief history of 5th Pioneer Battalion A.I.F.', by H. G. Carter


The collection has been arranged in box then folder order.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Eric Sydney Walpole Sealy-Vidal was born on the 1 June 1894 in Liverpool, New South Wales, and served as an officer in both the First and Second World Wars. He enlisted in the AIF on 12 August 1915 as a Lieutenant with the 1st Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcements. His unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915. He served with the 5th Pioneer Battalion in Egypt and France, and was promoted to Captain on 6 July 1916. In 1917 he was mentioned in despatches, and in 1918 was awarded the Military Cross.

Eric Sealy-Vidal died at Mosman, New South Wales on the 20 August 1966 at the age of 72.

Notes from his son Edward Eric Sealy Vidal
The AIF Project, retrieved 21 January 2008
World War 2 Nominal Roll, retrieved 21 January 2008.


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Preferred Citation

[Manuscript Item], Papers of Eric Sydney Walpole Sealy-Vidal, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MSS 272, Series [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated by the family in 1968.


Access Terms

Personal Names

Sealy-Vidal, Eric Sydney Walpole, 1894-1966 -- Archives

Topical Subjects

Soldiers -- Australia -- Archives

World War, 1914-1918 -- Australia

Corporate Names

Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921)


Army officers


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Book 1: Notes on lectures at Royal Military College, Duntroon of 2nd Lt., E.S.W. Sealy-Vidal, 43rd Infantry, Liverpool, N.S.W., 1-20 May 1915

Folder 1
Book 2: Notes on lectures at Royal Military College, Duntroon of 2nd Lt., E.S.W. Sealy-Vidal, 43rd Infantry, Liverpool, N.S.W., 20 May - 24 June 1915

Folder 3
Miscellaneous material, 1915-1919

Cover only for Army Book 153, E.S.W. Sealy Vidal, Pioneer Bn, AIF
Pamphlet: S.S. 620 Box respirator drill and inspection, January 1918
Pamphlet: Notes on salvage work, January 1918
Pamphlet: S.S. 202 The organization of shell-hole defences, December 1917
Army book 64 'Soldiers' pay book for use on active service'
The handy black cat English-French dictionary (phrase book), 1915 (No. 4)
'A Pioneer Battalion war establishment', no. 351/71, part vii, 18 September 1916
'Pioneer Battalion war establishment', no. 432, part vii, 1 p. 181-185
Soldiers' own note book and diary for 1918 containing useful information invaluable to every soldier at home or at the front, compiled by J. Gibson
Y.M.C.A. green leather wallet
Australian Imperial Forces. Australasian Y.M.C.A. Army Dept, Anzac Lounge, Adderley Street, Cape Town. Invite the Officers and Nursing Staff of H.M.A.T. Beltana to make use of the Lounge during the stay of the ship, C.F. O'Halloran Wright, Military Secretary of South Africa
Small card: 11/8/1916, 2nd anniversary A.N. & M.E.F. first formed, Officers Mess 'D' Coy, 5th Pioneer Bn., A.I.F. (with signatures on the back)
Military leave pass for 29 May 1919
Combined leave and railway ticket, 11/12/1916
Leave or duty ration book for soldier or sailor, 28 April 1919
No. 2 Australian Command Depot, Officers' Mess, Littlemoor, Weymouth, Programme of Dances, Royal Palm Court, Weymouth, Monday, 19th May 1919
Rationing order, 1918, N. 10, Emergency ration card, 16th August, Bideford Borough
Field Service post cards x 2, 18/3/1916 & 30/3/1916
Music score Field calls + photocopy
Application for issue of 1st class railway tickets, 28/4/1919 x 2
Field service vouchers and issue journal, Army Book 8, 12/4/1919
British Armies in France leave pass for 15/3/1919

Folder 4
'A brief history of 5th Pioneer Battalion, AIF, Egypt to France, 3/3/16 to 26/6/16', by Lt Col. H. G. Carter, D.S.O., Commanding Officer, 5th Pioneer Battalion A.I.F., 37 p., together with a photocopy


Box 2

Folder 1
Photographs taken in winter in France?, b/w x 4
Photographs of headstones, b/w x 2