What's inside?

What was he reading

Before he enlisted, Sandy would have been reading newspaper stories about the events in Europe which lead to the Declaration of war.
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In his own words

Sandy's written record of his experiences from enlistment in 1914 to the evacuation of Gallipoli in December 1915. More »

Sandy began taking photos in Egypt in 1914, and compiled a comprehensive album of his photos from that period until the end of the war. More »

Postcards home

Although he had acquired a camera (perhaps his first), he still used postcards to capture images, expecially of Egypt, and to send messages home. More »

Army Personnel records

Sandy's Army Personnel record, as well of those of his two brothers who also served. More »

The records left behind by Alec Mee, Sandy's cousin

Sandy's cousin, Alec Mee served in Europe in 1917, but only survived a month. But he left a few letters home, a diary, and his Will. More »

Cousin Alec's Diary

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Sandy Mulligan volunteered within a few days of the outbreak of World War 1. His service record indicates his service began on August 10, 1914. In April 1915 he was amongst the New Zealand troops who landed at Gallipoli in the Dardenelles. He was there until evacuated in December 1915.

He kept a diary from the time he enlisted until he was evacuated from Gallipoli. These diary entries can be found in the Gallery.

Unfortunately there are a few "gaps" in his diary, for example from 5 December 1914 until 9 April 1915, during which there are no entries. It appears they are simply "missing".

However, he was not idle during these periods: he sent postcards home, and began taking snapshots, which he later gathered into a Photo Album. Note that the photos are not dated exactly, so I have made arbitrary decisions about when each will be published.

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    3 November, 1917

    Out Resting

    Out Resting

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    30 October, 1917

    Mailly-Maillet Chateau

    Mailly-Maillet Chateau

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    26 October, 1917

    Lance-Corporal Keeley

    Lance-Corporal Keeley

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    21 October, 1917

    Foden Lorry or Fumigating Machine at Baths. Armentieres

    Foden Lorry or Fumigating Machine at Baths. Armentieres

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    20 October, 1917

    A Letter from Alec Mee to his wife Jessie

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    16 October, 1917

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    12 October, 1917

    New Zealand troops attack Bellevue Spur

    By the end of the day, there were about 2700 New Zealand casualties. They included about 950 men who were either dead or mortally wounded; 843 men are officially listed as dying on 12 October, and the rest succumbed to their wounds in field ambulances and hospitals behind the lines in Belgium, France and the UK, some many weeks later.

    Alec Mee was involved in this attack.

    1917: Arras, Messines and Passchendaele', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/western-front-1917, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 14-Sep-2017

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    11 October, 1917

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    10 October, 1917

    Went into firing line 2nd time [then what looks like:] Annie

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    7 October, 1917

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    3 October, 1917

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    29 September, 1917

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    26 September, 1917

    A Letter from Alec Mee to his wife Jessie

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    24 September, 1917

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    20 September, 1917

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    18 September, 1917

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    19 September, 1917

    A Letter from Alec Mee to his wife Jessie

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    15 September, 1917

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    11 September, 1917

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    6 September, 1917

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    6 September, 1917

    A Letter from Alec Mee to his wife Jessie

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    4 September, 1917

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    2 September, 1917

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    2 September, 1917

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    28 August, 1917

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    24 August, 1917

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    20 August, 1917

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    18 August, 1917

    ASM Detached to England on Leave (in the field)

    ASM Detached to England on Leave (in the field)

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    15 August, 1917

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    10 August, 1917

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    8 August, 1917

    A Letter from Alec Mee to his wife Jessie

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    5 August, 1917

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    1 August, 1917

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    27 July, 1917

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    22 July, 1917

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    17 July, 1917

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    12 July, 1917

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    7 July, 1917

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    3 July, 1917

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    28 June, 1917

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    26 June, 1917

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    2 June, 1917

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    30 May, 1917

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    28 May, 1917

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    24 May, 1917

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    20 May, 1917

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    19 May, 1917

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    17 May, 1917

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    16 May, 1917

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    13 May, 1917

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    10 May, 1917

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    6 May, 1917

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    2 May, 1917

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    27 April, 1917

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    12 April, 1917

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    22 April, 1917

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    12 April, 1917

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    2 April, 1917

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    28 March, 1917

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    21 March, 1917

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    19 March, 1917

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    12 March, 1917

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    8 March, 1917

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    3 March, 1917

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    25 February, 1917

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    20 February, 1917

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    14 February, 1917

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    9 February, 1917

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    5 February, 1917

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    29 January, 1917

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    23 January, 1917

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    16 January, 1917

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    10 January, 1917

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    3 January, 1917