- Soldier's life
Daily Life of a Soldier [n.d.]
Daily Life of a Soldier is a handwritten list of soldiers’ duties set to Christian hymns. Other items such as this are found within the Troop Ship Magazines Collection. Here is a humorous way to occupy a soldier, by someone with a religious turn of mind.
Quicunque Vult. Alexandria, Egypt, 1915-1916
Quicunque Vult may also have been offered to one of our troop publications, although it was a bit too subversive to be published. This is a spoof of the Athanasian Creed, a statement of faith used in Christian worship since the 6th Century. Instead of the Holy Trinity, our anonymous wag has introduced the “Three Incomprehensibles”.
Death Sentenced Carried into Execution. Army Routine Orders 15. 7 January 1916
A grim reminder of reality for a soldier is this copy of Army Routine Orders. It relates to the execution of British soldier J. Robins, one of 306 British soldiers who faced firing squads during the Great War. This number included three Otago Regiment soldiers. Five executed New Zealanders were pardoned in 2000, while the British were pardoned in 2006.