First World War diary

First World War diary
4 Jan 1915-21 May 1917

John Duncan McLeod starts his diary with details on his enlistment at Rockhampton on 4 Jan 1915. He also includes his thoughts on the men enlisting and meditates on how "many of us, no doubt, not coming back".McLeod gives detailed accounts of his voyage to Suez, fighting at Gallipoli and Suez in 1916, France in Jun 1916, and hospitalization in England. Also includes short verse of poetry at the top of some pages, poems written by McLeod "The Bagman's Song" and his version of "La Vie Est Vaine". Diary includes photographs, newspaper cuttings and newsprint maps. Also includes Arabic words in both the Latin and Arabic alphabets, and two pages of Turkish vocabulary. Many pages are faded and difficult to read.

Source of title - Supplied

Quantity: 1 folder(s) (1 volume, 150 leaves). 0.01 Linear Metres.

Physical Description: Holograph (18cm; black leather binding; with printed matter and photographs)

Transfers: To Drawings & Prints Collection - 4 medals transferred to Curios. See Library reference Curios-024-b-005..

Processing information: Part of WW100 digitisation project.

Digitisation details - 162 digitised images

Additional description

Diary very fragile, loose spine and pages.

Access restrictions
Partly restricted - Please use surrogate in place of original
1 folder(s) (1 volume, 150 leaves), 0.01 Linear Metres, Diaries, Manuscripts, Holograph (18cm; black leather binding; with printed matter and photographs)
See original record

Click to request to view this item, access digital version (if available), and see more information.


Purchasing this Item

This item is available as a high resolution download. A request to buy an image can take up to 10 working days to approve. It will depend on copyright and how the image is going to be used.

If this item has multiple pages, or is several items attached to a single record, you can use this form to order your copy.

Using this Item

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission, please ask us for advice. If reproducing this item, please maintain the integrity of the image (i.e. don't crop, recolour or overprint it), and ensure the following credit accompanies it:

First World War diary. Ref: MS-Papers-1382. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22847648

More information can be found in our terms of use.