Journal of Gunner W.M. Harrison recording his journey to India, 1917

Scope and Content

The diary records details of Gunner W.M. Harrison's journey to Nowshera in India to take up amilitary post. The journey took him from Newcastle-upon-Tyne via Plymouth. Cape Town, Durban, Bombayand Delhi. It is not daily record but more of a narrative journal that may have been writtencontemporaneously, or subsequent to the journey. The narrative briefly describes the sights that hesees and the troop movements of which he was part. There are a few short essays written in thenotebook concerning the threat of being killed by animals and famine in India.

The diary contains two loose items. One is a printed card entitled 'Rules to be observed byBritish Troops travelling in India, during the summer months by rail' and offering health advice. Itwas printed by the Quartermaster General's Office in India in 1916. The second loose item is anundated newspaper cutting about the heat in Basra, India.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gunner W.M. Harrison (military number: 185153) annotated his diary at the front with twoaddresses. The first reads, 90th Battery R.F.A, 16th Brigade, Nowshera, N.W.F.P, India and is datedMarch 1917. The second reads, R.F.A. Details (tailor), No.2 British Base Depot, Mahina, Mesopotamiaand is dated August 1917-1918. No further biographical information is known about Gunner Harrisonother than what can be gleaned from his diary. Further investigation through his military recordsmay be possible.


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Custodial History

The diary was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in November 1982.

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