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Journal, 26 Nov. 1917-May 1918 (diary entries start at 19 December 1917)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/12
Journal, 26 Nov. 1917-May 1918
Journal, 26 Nov. 1917-May 1918

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook (with 'Palestine' scratched on upper cover) and mostly comprises diary entries written at Litherland, Limerick, Egypt and Palestine.

Significant entries include: /2r-3r. mentioning his protest against the continuation of the war; /4r. on being posted to Limerick; /7v-8r, /19v-20r. mentioning [Robert] Graves and Craiglockhart; /11v. on being posted to Egypt, with list of points for and against this; /29v. his arrival at base camp, Kantara; /30v. Sassoon posted to 25th RWF [destined for Palestine]; /53v-56v. entries written on board SS Malwa on the return journey to France; /58r-59v. entry concerning [Dr W.H.R.] Rivers and Craiglockhart; /59v. entry concerning Lord Kitchener.

The volume also includes:

- a list of days spent hunting during 1917-1918: /1v.

- lists of books taken away 'To Egypt' and 'Take up the Line': /5v.

- drafts of poetry: /5r. 'A Moment of Waking'; /6r. 'Journey's End'; /6v-7r. 'In Barrack's'; /8v. & /48v. 'Shadows'; /9r. 'To the Unknown Spirit', later called 'Idyll'; /9v.-10v. 'On the Arras Road', later called 'The Dream'; /10v-11r. 'Dead Musicians'; /13v. 'Together'; /14r. 'The Contest', later called 'The Noble Art'; /14v-15r. 'Prelude in the Gateway', later called 'Beginnings'; /15v. 'Memory'; /18r. 'Après le Guerre (To O.M.)'; /18v. 'Remorse'; /37v-38r. untitled, begins 'We pitch our tents among the rock built slopes'; /41r. & /59r. untitled, later called 'In Palestine'; /60r. 'Flamingoes' (sic); /63v-64r. 'Dawn near Brindisi', first draft erased; /64v-66r. 'The Journey', one draft largely erased; / 68v. 'Strombos Horns'.

- sketches and doodles: /23r. 'Birdless Idyll', showing olive trees and sky; /23v. Cypress trees and a church; /24r. a castle; /65v-66r. human or angel figures, one double faced; /61r. preparatory sketch for a water colour of a hilly landscape with trees.

- a list of 'Birds seen in Judea': /60v.

- notes from military briefing meetings: /66v-69v. in part entitled 'Duties of Company Gas N[on-]C[ommissioned] O[fficer]' and including notes on supervised practice drills.

- lists of members of his ?section under headings such as 'Scouts' and 'N[on-]C[ommissioned] O[fficer]s': /62r-63r.

- quotations: /55r. John Lydgate, begins 'Tarry no longer'; /59v. reporting gossip; /64v. Father Paul Bull, 'Peace and War'.

- acquaintances' contact details: /70r.

N.B. After folio /62r entries resume from the back of the notebook. There are no loose enclosures or detached folios. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 26 Nov. 1917-May 1918 (diary entries start at 19 December 1917)


Conditions Governing Access

This notebook has been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library. The original item is currently unavailable for consultation due to its poor physical condition.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (blue diced morocco with elasticated tie, marbled endpapers, 70 ff.) paper) : paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This item is fragile. The binding is extremely loose and cracked between folios /68 and /69. The front cover is rubbed and the edges of the text block are soft.

Repository Details

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