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Journal, 13 Mar. 1916-2 May 1916

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/5
Journal, 13 Mar. 1916-2 May 1916
Journal, 13 Mar. 1916-2 May 1916

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries written in France (at Morlancourt, Flixécourt, and the Somme Valley).

Significant entries include: /30r-31r. on the death of 'Tommy' [Lieutenant David Thomas]; /22r-29r. on six days spent in the trenches with C. Company; /21r-23r. an account of a raiding party with mention that he would gladly use his bayonet; /16v-17r. his anger at the Germans and thoughts on getting shot; /14v-16r. at the front line, with an account of fetching in a supposed German body; /10r-11r. a lecture on the bayonet.

The volume also includes:

- prose passage on 'Solving Social Problems' and notes referring to the politics of conducting a war: /34r.

- drafts of poetry: /2r. untitled, begins 'Reflect their dimness under bird-sung banks'; /2v-3r. ''The Quarter-Master'; /3v-4r. 'Up the Sky'; /4v. 'March: at the edge of a wood'; /6v-7r. 'Home'; /11v-12r. 'Children'; /12v. 'The Journey'; /13r. 'Wind in the Beech-wood'; /13v-14r. 'Battle'; /14v. 'The Giant Killer'; /17v. 'Peace'; /23v-25r. 'Died of Wounds', later called 'On a Working Party'; /29v. untitled, begins 'For you were glad and kind and brave'; /31v. untitled, begins 'His words go questing in the sawky cities'; /32r-33v. untitled verses referring to sky, colour and flowers.

- sketches and doodles: /1v. a man's head with moustache, a likeness of René Perrineau; /36v. church and town roofs scene at Morlancourt.

- acquaintances' contact details: /1v; /37r.

N.B. Sassoon wrote from both ends of this notebook; from ff. /13v-37v entries resume from the opposite end. Enclosure is to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 13 Mar. 1916-2 May 1916


Conditions Governing Access

This notebook and its enclosure have been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library. The original items are currently unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (maroon roan, 37 ff.); 1 envelope paper) : paper

1 envelope(s) (1 volume (maroon roan, 37 ff.); 1 envelope paper)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This item is fragile. The binding is cracked and loose. Folios /18-20 are cut away.

Repository Details

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