Notebook containing poetical drafts (mostly dated 1918), autobiographical notes or prose drafts, with some diary entries. Contents include:
A list of places Sassoon was posted with the 25th Battalion R.W.F. [Royal Welch Fusiliers], Dec. 1917-18 July 1918: /inside front cover.
Drafts of poetry:
- Poem beginning 'Birds have their singing time' (poem is excised): /1v.
- 'I Stood with the Dead', 18 June 1918: /2r.
- 'Flamingoes' (sic): /3r & 14r-15r.
- 'Near Port Said' (excised): /3v.
- 'Can I forget ...', 10 Aug. : /4v.
- Poem beginning 'Soldiers are [heroes?] to the yelping pack' (text is faint), with drawing: /5r.
- Draft lines of poetry beginning 'I've listened since the war began' (excised; text is faint and partially erased): /6r.
- 'Hawthornden (to R.S.M.)' [Roderick Sinclair Meiklejohn], St. Hilaire, 6 July 1918: /6v, 7r & 8r.
- 'Shadows', 16 April 1918 (text is very faint): /7v.
- 'Concert-Party': /10v-13r.
- 'His Epitaph (in the old-fashioned artificial manner)': /15v.
- 'Civilisation (on the boat)', May 1918: /16v-17r.
- Poem beginning 'For the last time I say, War is not glorious', 3 May 1918: /18v.
- 'On reading de la Mairs' (sic) poems after the day's work' [Walter de la Mare], 3 June 1918, (excised): /20v-21v.
- 'Colin', 12 June 1918 (text is faint and largely illegible): /25v.
- 'Requiescant', 4 Aug. 1918: /29r.
- 'A Soldier's Complaint', 21 June  (excised): /29v-30r.
- 'The Spirit of the Bayonet', 21 June : /31r.
- Two drafts of 'Tactical Points', 5 June  (excised): /31v-33r.
- 'To any Father who thinks War Splendid', 22 June : /33v-34r.
- Poem beginning 'For they are dwellers in the dark', 28 June  (excised): /35v.
- Poem beginning 'I read your songs of birds and flowers and tress' (excised): /36r.
- 'Pursuit', 19 July  (excised): /44v-45r.
- Poem beginning 'I love all things that pass': /47v-48r.
- Two drafts of 'Jesus in Heaven', 3 Aug. : /48v-49v.
- 'The Crucifix', 7 Aug. 1918 (excised): /50r.
- Draft lines of poetry, some of which were later used in 'The Dug-Out', Lancaster Gate, 9 Aug. 1918: /50v-51r.
- Draft of the poem 'Great Men': /51v-53r.
- 'B.G.C', June 1918: /54r (notebook was inverted for this entry).
Prose and diary entries:
- 'Incidents', Kantara, Egypt, April : /2v.
- 'On the March', Ludd, Palestine, April 1918: /4r.
- Diary entry dated 15 April : /5v.
- 'Concert Party' accompanying a draft of his poem of the same name, 17 Apr. 1918: /8v-13r.
- 'On the boat', 3 May 1918: entry begins 'I get angry and scornful against the officers on board': /17v-18r.
- 'Night on the Convoy', [May? 1918]: /19r.
- Diary entry for 4 May 1918: /19v-20r.
- 'Dreams', beginning 'Last night I dreamed that I was leading my company into battle': /22.
- 'Demeanour (in the trenches)', 10 June 1918: /24.
- 'Amenities': /26r.
- 'Premonitions (Duhamel again)' [George Duhamel]: /26v-27r.
- 'The other side of the picture', 14 June : /27v-28v.
- 'What the Bishop said (or the Spiritual Equivalent of Campbell's Bayonet Fighting Lecture)', 7 July : /36v-38r.
- 'Confessions (in hospital at the base)', 15 July : /38r-44r.
- 'Diagnosis', 30 July : /45v-46v.
Two lists of earlier poems by Sassoon, one of which gives publication dates (both are excised): /54v.
Signed 'Siegfried Sassoon, 3rd RW Fus - Dec. 1917': /inside back cover.
Note that the entries were not written into the notebook in chronological order. The foliation is the archivist's.