The War Diary, with its pencil, is part of his Probate file. His Probate file contains the letters to his wife Jessie, his Will and the Dunedin Supreme Court documents granting probate. This is Item "G" in Jessie Mee's Affidavit.
The Diary documents his voyage, from New Zealand to England, on the Troopship 'Devon' between 5 April 1917 and 24 June 1917. There are also two entries for: 28 September 1917 and 10 October 1917; the days he went 'into the firing line'. Alexander describes ship board life; resting, sight seeing, writing letters, bible class, etc. as well soldiers' training.
The Diary has 365 detachable pages, as well Field Message Form pages at the back. At the front of the Diary there is a section of special military information essential to soldiers on active service: military vocabulary, military law, ammunition, marching times and speeds, finding true north, how a battalion is made up (numbers of ranks), New Zealand Expeditionary Force ranks, badges, pay scales, etc.
The Diary includes his family addresses and the details of other soldiers.
The Diary entries are written in pencil and are sometimes faint and hard to read. The digital images have been enhanced to increase contrast, so that they are readable.
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