Sassoon Journals : Journal, 13 Mar. 1916-2 May 1916

Sassoon Journals

<p>The volume is a ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries written in France (at Morlancourt, Flixécourt, and the Somme Valley). Contents include:</p> <p>Diary entries:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(40);return false;'>30r-31r</a>]. on the death of 'Tommy' [Lieutenant David Thomas]</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(44);return false;'>22r-29r</a>]. on six days spent in the trenches with C. Company</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(56);return false;'>21r-23r</a>]. an account of a raiding party with mention that he would gladly use his bayonet</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(68);return false;'>16v-17r</a>]. his anger at the Germans and thoughts on getting shot</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(70);return false;'>14v-16r</a>]. at the front line, with an account of fetching in a supposed German body</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(21);return false;'>10r-11r</a>]. a lecture on the bayonet</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Drafts of poetry:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(5);return false;'>2r</a>]. untitled, begins 'Reflect their dimness under bird-sung banks'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(6);return false;'>2v-3r</a>]. ''The Quarter-Master'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(8);return false;'>3v-4r</a>]. 'Up the Sky'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(10);return false;'>4v</a>]. 'March: at the edge of a wood'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(14);return false;'>6v-7r</a>]. 'Home'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(24);return false;'>11v-12r</a>]. 'Children'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(26);return false;'>12v</a>]. 'The Journey'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(27);return false;'>13r</a>]. 'Wind in the Beech-wood'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(74);return false;'>13v-14r</a>]. 'Battle'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(73);return false;'>14v</a>]. 'The Giant Killer'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(67);return false;'>17v</a>]. 'Peace'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(52);return false;'>23v-25r</a>]. 'Died of Wounds', later called 'On a Working Party'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(43);return false;'>29v</a>]. untitled, begins 'For you were glad and kind and brave'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(39);return false;'>31v</a>]. untitled, begins 'His words go questing in the sawky cities'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(35);return false;'>32r-33v</a>]. untitled verses referring to sky, colour and flowers</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Sketches and doodles:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>]. a man's head with moustache, a likeness of René Perrineau</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(29);return false;'>36v</a>]. church and town roofs scene at Morlancourt</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Other:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(34);return false;'>34r</a>]. prose passage on 'Solving Social Problems' and notes referring to the politics of conducting a war</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>]; [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(28);return false;'>37r</a>]. acquaintances' contact details</li> </ul> <br /> <p>N.B. Sassoon wrote from both ends of this notebook; from ff. [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(76);return false;'>13v-37v</a>] entries resume from the opposite end. Enclosure is to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.</p>


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