This statement was committed to tape by Gertrude Robinson, although Walter himself reports the statement.
Sergeant Walter Heller was a gunner in a Crusader tank for the Second Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and was posted to Libya to assist in Operation Crusader. They were there to push back German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who had fought against Francis, Walter's brother, leading to his death at Arras. Frank Malloy was in command of their tank, Dicky was the loader, and Ralph Maceller drove.
They were hit in the desert by an enemy tank. They all escaped except Dicky, who slowly burnt to death. Due to his leg wound, Walter was rushed off to Alexandria hospital, leaving behind Ralph and Frank, who were captured by the Italians and held in a PoW camp until the end of the war.
After a few weeks in hospital, Walter was more mobile and started to go on long walks to exercise his leg. A few days before he was scheduled to go back into active duty, he found himself near Pompey's Pillar. Resting against a door nearby, he fell through it into an old basement. In there was an old brass or bronze grate which led further down. Walter assumed it led to the sewers but spotted something and decided to investigate. As he climbed down the ladder he discovered several alcoves with papyrus scrolls. He found several chambers with these scrolls. In one of the chambers he found a dead dried-out body which wore chainmail with a black cloth tabard and white cross on the chest. The body's eyes looked like they had been gouged out. Walter's torch flickered off, but the body still seemed to be illuminated. Suddenly, he felt like he was being watched. Turning, he saw a figure in ancient robes with long fingers with a single lidless eye. Walter fled and only came to his senses when he was picked up by the military police some time later, running screaming through the streets of Alexandria.
Walter confirmed that he replaced the grate when Gertrude asked. Since the event, Walter keeps feeling like he's being watched, including when he came into the archives to report this statement.
Gertrude's Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Gertrude has an ongoing theory about ancient iterations of the Archives. She previously suspected that the Library of Alexandria was the Archive, but now suspects that the Serapeum must be it. In 391 AD the Serapeum was supposedly destroyed by a group going under the name like 'Those Who Sing in the Night,' but there are conflicted accounts. The remains Walter mentions are of a Hospitaller Knight of the Order of St. John, probably from the sack of Alexandria by Peter I of Cyprus.
Gertrude wonders what the creature could have been -- possibly a previous Archivist?
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Jonathan wonders if the patterns are cyclical. Walter died of a stroke in 2004. In March 1998 there was an explosion in Alexandria, very close to the location of this statement, which killed 18 people. Martin interrupted the follow-up, revealing that Jonathan said he cut himself with a knife, rather than disclosing the truth that Michael stabbed him.