Editor's note: An intelligence officer in the Australian infantry, Knyvett survived the fighting in Gallipoli and France only to die of influenza in April 1918. His narrative is framed as an heroic progress, from the 'human snowball' of rural Australian 'red-bloods' descending on the coastal cities to join the great adventure, to the return home - with Knyvett feeling 'like the old King of Ithaca' who had 'wandered for many years in many lands'. But these extracts, describing encounters with the 'niggers' of Colombo and the 'Gyppos' of Egypt, reveal that he was not the most tolerant of travellers. Brisbane-born, Knyvett had been a clergyman in civilian life.
From Chapter VI: Many Weeks at Sea (60-63) and Chapter VII: The Land of Sand and Sweat (67)