The Diary of a Dead Officer

Read by Ruth Golding

(4 stars; 23 reviews)

Published posthumously in 1919, this collection of diary entries presents a scathing picture of army life and is said to be one of the most vivid accounts of daily life in the trenches. It chronicles West's increasing disillusion with war and his move toward pacifist and atheist beliefs. The final part consists of his powerful war poems, including God, How I Hate You, You Young Cheerful Men, and Night Patrol. West was killed by a sniper in 1917. In view of some of his poems, one wonders if death was not unwelcome. (Introduction adapted from Wikipedia by Ruth Golding)

(3 hr 43 min)


0 - Introduction 15:05 Read by Ruth Golding
1 - Part I: Diary 28:35 Read by Ruth Golding
2 - Part II: Diary 1:08:00 Read by Ruth Golding
3 - Part III: Diary 39:58 Read by Ruth Golding
4 - Part IV: Diary 32:04 Read by Ruth Golding
5 - Part V: Poems 39:58 Read by Ruth Golding


war is not pretty, nor glamorous

(5 stars)

most books about war talk about the 'big picture'... not so in this case, we get the daily grind of the soldier


(3 stars)

An informative peek into the mind of a WWI soldier. This war was doubtlessly the most psychologically challenging of the European era. We see a vivid downward mental spiral of one who was least able to cope with it. The poems were especially depressing. Be prepared for a downer if you read it.

Diary of a Dead Officers

(5 stars)

The treatment of the soldiers by Officers made me wish I could of shoot those Officers .. I am still pissed & it's been 100 yrs .. Thanks to the reader Ruth Golding & LibriVox for all the wonderful free books 😆

The Diary of a Dead Officer

(4 stars)

at Internet Archive. [STB | 11-2010 | 525]

boring and depressing

(1 stars)

the author appears to be a disgruntled closet homosexual

(4 stars)

Good but read way too slooowly