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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    15 August, 1917

    A light railway up to Passchendale

    A light railway up to Passchendale

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    10 August, 1917

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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