Winpenny World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
One lined diary, about six by eight inches, containing a 52 pp. narrative of the voyage by troopship from Plymouth, England, to Bombay, India, between February 11 and May 6, 1917. Describes shipboard routine, convoy manuevers, and shore leave at Capetown and Durban, South Africa. E. Winpenny served as sergeant, 3rd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Other veterans of the same unit, not mentioned in the diary, included Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves. Winpenny refers to training at Prees Heath, Kimmel Park, and Litherland, near Liverpool. He describes a tea given to soldiers by Mr. and Mrs. Lambert, British colonials living near Capetown, as well as Capetown and Durban landmarks and geography.
Diary also includes a roster of men in Winpenny's duty detail, giving names, serial numbers, religion, and a schedule of picket detail. Separate from the diary are ten pages of daily orders and other documents, some printed, covering activities aboard ship and during shore leave.