Published in 1919, shortly after the war, Diary of a Dead Officer charts the growing disillusionment of a British officer, Arthur Graeme West, who enlisted in the army in 1915 out of a sense of duty and patriotism. These principles soon changed to a growing sense of disenchantment as he experienced the reality of army life and the way the war was being conducted in France. The diary is seen as one of the first realistic accounts of life in the army and the conditions in the trenches. The diary also contains poems that are regarded as among the first realistic poems of the war such as ‘The Night Patrol’ and ‘God! How I Hate You, You Young Cheerful Men!’ West was killed by a sniper in April 1917.