Duncan Turner World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
One diary, approximately 3.5 by 5.5 inches, in pencil, covering the period September, 1917, to April, 1919. When one year ended Turner went back to the beginning and wrote beneath the previous year's entry for each day. He describes the voyage to France, docking at St. Nazaire on October 5, 1917. Diary includes World War I slang and descriptions of aerial dogfights, and focuses on daily routine of camp life, including frequent inspection for venereal disease and delousings ("cootie machine"), as well as hospitalization for acute impetigo.
Also includes soldier's paybook; Yankee Divison Veterans Association commendation, 1962; formal photograph in uniform; and two photographs marked as taken at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, September 6, 1919, with no apparent connection to this collection.