2009 Siegfried Sassoon archive

A grant of £550,000 to Cambridge University helped to secure the personal archive of eminent First World War soldier, poet and author, Siegfried Sassoon, for the nation. This important collection of Sassoon’s private diaries and pocket notebooks compiled while serving on the Western Front also includes an autograph manuscript of the seminal ‘A Soldier’s Declaration’ - the statement Sassoon wrote detailing his refusal to return to duty after being wounded.