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Journal, 9 May 1918-2 Feb. 1919 (bar 18 June-19 August)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/13

Scope and Contents

The volume is a grid ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries written in France (at Domvast, Magnicourt and Habarcq) and notes of social engagements upon Sassoon's return to England (after receiving a head wound).

Significant diary entries include: /3v-4r. Col. Campbell's lecture on 'the spirit of the bayonet'; /15v-16r. an entry concerning poet 'Bob' [Robert] Nicholls; /27r-27v. notes on the loss of a notebook for 18 June-19 August 1918 and on being wounded in France; meetings in England with Winston Churchill /28r & /29r and Thomas Hardy /30r-31r; /28v. on the death of Robbie Ross; and /31v. on the armistice.

The volume also includes:

- locations and dates of time spent at or near the Western Front: /1v.

- prose passages: /12v. commendatory 'Note on my servant' Private John Law; /25v-26r. 'Difficulties', begins 'I am beginning to realise the difficulties of combining the functions of soldier and poet!'; /26v. 'Supreme Sacrifice'.

- drafts of poetry: /17v. 'Reward'; /21v. 'Colin', begins 'One by one they've passed across the scene'; /51v. 'The Patriot'.

- a list of poems published and in which publication: /50r.

- quotations: /4v-5r. extracts from censored letters; /7r. 'A Militaristic Curiosity' (from General Routine Orders 2901): 'Blood Transfusions' and 3055 'Exhumations'; /7v. no author given, 'Extracts from Experiences of a Division in recent Fighting'; /7v, /10r-10v. Duhamel, begins 'To make up one's mind to die', and other passages; /25r. Adjutant, 25th R[oyal] W[elsh] F[usiliers], on returning company books to the office on time; /52r. Aldous Huxley, 'Plaint'.

- acquaintances' contact details: /1v, /47v-48r, /50v-51r and /53r-54r.

N.B. Enclosures and detached folios are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's. Blank from folios /43r-47r.


  • 9 May 1918-2 Feb. 1919 (bar 18 June-19 August)

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 volume(s) (1 volume (black morocco, front pocket, marbled endpapers, 54 ff.); 1 envelope paper) : paper

1 envelope(s) (1 volume (black morocco, front pocket, marbled endpapers, 54 ff.); 1 envelope paper)

Language of Materials