Personal diary of William Alfred Barnes, October 31, 1941 – about censorship work in great detail – and including letters received about censorship wartime postal service in Ceylon and India. Also includes commentary on the flight from Burma. Later many personal family photographs, newspaper cuttings, quotations, etc.
Notebook written by Mr. Barnes, containing MS notes of a lecture on The Malaya Campaign given in the Garrison Cinema, Fort William, Calcutta on September 4, 1942, by Lt. Col. J. Cumming, V.C. s/12 Frontier Force Rifles, together with other notes, stories and reminiscences. Becomes a diary, starting 4 March (1944) when he was in the Grand Hotel, Calcutta for four months, awaiting, and during, his court martial. Very discursive, describes not only the food in hotel, and individuals he meets, but also the Burma Campaign, the murder of an English nurse; descriptions of films seen etc. and prosecution of the war. On 30 March brings up matter of his court-martial again. Diary includes:
Writings about the inspection of schools, and the affair at Usman Khattar.
3.4.44 Beginning of diary about court-martial.
6.4.44 Court meets for first time – Conclusion of trial. Continues with diary.
Christmas Day 1944. Owing to an adverse report he appeals again against Court martial and adverse report.
Goes on leave with wife and daughter January 1945.
At the other end of the diary are occasional articles, poems etc., written by Mr. Barnes, and extensive jottings and notes about his wife and daughter.