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60941: Notebook of Private Arthur Snape of the 1/8th Lancs Fusiliers, including notes on training, poems, and diary

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A notebook kept by Private Arthur Snape of the 1/8th Lancashire Fusiliers, A Company, 42nd East Lancashire Division, believed to have been a sniper. The notebook contains a variety of material, including accounts of Snape's own movements and the operations he was involved in. He took part in the Dardanelles campaign in 1915, was in Malta later in 1915, then Egypt 1916-17, and finally France in 1917. The notebook also includes references to Gallipoli, Suvla Bay, and Anzac.

Snape's account is in multiple sections throughout the notebook, but each is a continuous narrative, suggesting it may have been written as a retrospective memoir rather than a diary kept day by day. The longest section occupies most of the second half of the book: it begins with Snape's enlistment on 27th May 1915, and ends with his division leaving Egypt for France on 3rd March[?] 1917. There are also notes on training courses (subjects covered include sniping, orders for a camp guard, and bombing), details of the Dardanelles losses up to December 11th 1915, a list of payments, and two poems, one beginning "Here is a story of which a soldier tells / Who was in that famous landing / on the shores of the Dardanelles", and the other entitled "Empire".

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Creator

Snape, Arthur

Date

1915 - 1917

Date Created

01/01/1915

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1917

Source

Notebook

Medium

Paper

Type

Diary

Pages

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87

Number of Pages

87

Contributor

Meriel Patrick | Alun Edwards | Alison McKnight

Submission Event

Ferrens Art Gallery, Hull Submission Day, 31st May 2008

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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