Ernest A. Sterling World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: One pocket "Soldier's Diary," 3 by 5.5 inches, 36 pp., covering the period March 1 to July 14, 1918. Describes Ernest A. Sterling's experience as a cadet at the Royal Flying Corps training school at Toronto. Sterling had enlisted at Montreal on November 26, 1917. Provides scant details of actual flight training; brief account of several accidents witnessed; some discussion of school routine and social life, including religious services. Narrative includes description of quarantine and home leave.