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Bruce Peel Special Collections Steele, Harwood World War, 1914-1918
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General Correspondence - 1918, 1969

General Correspondence – Personal letters, outgoing, copies of letters written by SBS to C.A. Harwood, Hector McInnes: and Major General J.W. Carson; several copies of each letter; includes explanatory notes written by Harwood Steele (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Correspondence - Individuals: Harwood Steele

Letters sent to SBS from his son Harwood, includes early letters written from Calgary in 1909, and later letters describing his military experiences; includes telegrams and one letter dated January 5th, [1916? 1917?] marked by H.S. 'for use only if necessary'. Hand-written

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 02 Aug 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes about the possibility of doing a course in England, provided he is given official military permission to do so. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 06 Jan 1917

Handwritten letter form Harwood at Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division, France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood is again asking his father to help find a commission for his friend W.G. (Bill) Neish. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 22 Aug 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood discusses his potential staffing opportunities, and suggests his father quit the military because of the way he (SBS) has been treated. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 06 Oct 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; he discusses air raids, etc. and suggests that his father drop a line to Currie to see what his (Harwood's) standing in the Corps List is.3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 13 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood at Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division, France to SBS st Shorncliffe, England; he discusses feeling fine after being in hospital, his expectiation of a Staff Appointment, and discusses his father's recent KCMG appointment and subsequent congratulations received. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 17 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood talks about Sam's efforts to find a position for his friend (Bill) Neish, appreciates that SBS finds his K.C.M.G. valueless, and shares rumors about potential promotions (initials used to get past censors), etc. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 21 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; he writes further about what he hears in terms of promotions and movement within military in France, and shares his father's anger at the way SBS is being treated by the Canadian Military. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 2 Feb 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood discusses the reputation of Lord Kitchener; a Winnipeg Telegram article on SBS; and promotions, etc. occurring within the Canadian military. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 4 Mar 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood at Headquarters, 188th Infantry Brigade, France to SBS at Folkestone, England; Harwood talks about the injustices SBS has faced, and their family's honorable reputation in serving Canada, etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 20 Oct 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood at Headquarters, 188th Infantry Brigade, France to SBS at Putney, England; Harwood discusses some 'lost ground' faced by Canadians in recent battles, the death of Louis Lipsett, the anticipated end of the War, and Sam's plans for retiremen (farming in Fort Macleod). 4 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 06 Mar 1916

A handwritten letter from Harwood Steele to his father, SBS in Shorncliffe, England. Harwood is writing to ask if his father might be able to secure a Commission with the Canadians for his friend [Neish]. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 18 Mar 1916

A handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe. The letter, a response to one received from his father, discusses the "Carson" situation, and describes his commanders in France, and his own situation. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 28 Mar 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe. Harwood discusses a paymaster vacancy for [Neish]; his week in the trenches, and the fact that Major Jarvis was nearly killed when an explosive landed near him. 1 sheet and envelope.

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Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 21 Apr 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes about Major Jarvis; the unliklihood of his going to a Brigade; General Ketchen and his 'rough time'; the rumor of a fourth Division; and his upcoming leave, etc. 4 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 13 Jun 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood discusses his activities in France; General Turner's decision to delay H's leave; the Russian's success; and 'K's loss', etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 29 Aug 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. In his letter, Harwood discusses the reason for his course application being turned down, and his belief that he will be transferred to General Ketchen's Brigade; etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 07 Sep 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood explains in this letter that he has been transferred to General Ketchen's brigade: "attached for the purpose of learning the duties of a Staff Captain". 1 sheet and envelope.

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Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 16 Dec 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes that he thinks it is quite likely that he will soon be attached to a battalion in order to gain trench experience, and wants Sam to let Marie know about this possibility. 2 sheets and envelope.

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Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 26 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter form Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. In the letter, Harwood discusses his improved health; General [Ketchen's] recent promotion; the attacks on Sir Douglas Haig; etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

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Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 15 Oct 1915

Handwritten letter from Harwood "somewhere in France" to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes about recent staff promotions and the passing over of a promotion for Major Jarvis. He also asks his father to try and find a place in paymastership for his friend Bill Neish. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 16 Nov 1915

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele "somewhere in France" to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. He writes about his work, his admiration of SBS's training plan to send soldiers to France for a fortnight's experience in the trenches, and general matters. 4 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 02 Jan 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele with the 27th Battalion in France writing to SBS in England. Harwood would like to get back to England, if only for Leave, and expects his battalion will soon be in the trenches. 2 sheets.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 19 Sep 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS in England. Harwood comments on Sam's visit with Rev. R. Stewart Patterson, discusses staff courses, and talks about conscription in Canada, etc. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 23 Jan 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood with the 27th Canadian Battalion in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood is responding to his father's letters, and discussing his experiences and hope of getting back to England. He has burned, at Sam's request, one of these letters received. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

[The Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada (Winnipeg Branch)]. Year Book 1919. Winnipeg: The Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada, [1920]. (includes an article titled: Major-General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele, K.C.M.G., C.B., M.V.O.” written by Harwood Steele)

[The Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada (Winnipeg Branch)]. Year Book 1919. Winnipeg: The Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada, [1920]. (includes an article titled: Major-General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele, K.C.M.G., C.B., M.V.O.” written by Harwood Steele)

Steele, Harwood

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence separated by Harwood Steele, and marked “for use only if necessary”. Letters in this file are ones H.S. felt were sensitive, and separated accordingly. Includes correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; these letters, between SBS, General Lord Brooke, General Carson, and General Turner revolve around issues concerning the fitness of Commander Lt. Colonel J.A.W. Allan of the 20th Battalion, 2nd Canadian Division. Includes explanatory notes from Harwood Steele (1974). Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence separated by Harwood Steele, and marked “for use only if necessary”. Letters in this file are ones H.S. felt were sensitive, and separated accordingly. Includes correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; these letters revolve around issues concerning the command of the Lord Strathcona Regiment. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes a letter to SBS from General Colin Mackenzie, with an explanatory note about this letter from H.S.; a lettter from a grieving father, [? Fisher] who had two sons killed in the War thanking the Steele's for their sympathy; letters from R. Rogers and other individuals concerning military matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Mackenzie, Colin John, Sir, 1861-1956

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Documents separated by Harwood Steele, and marked “for use only if necessary”. Papers in this file are ones H.S. felt were sensitive, and separated accordingly. Includes correspondence largely sent from SBS to Sir George Perley, Canadian Overseas Minister of Defence. These letters revolve around issues concerning Canadian military command, and include added notations my H.S. Typewritten

Perley, George Halsey, Sir

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Documents separated by Harwood Steele, and marked “for use only if necessary”. Papers in this file are ones H.S. felt were sensitive, and separated accordingly. Includes correspondence between SBS, Colonel Fowler, and Sir George Perley, Canadian Overseas Minister of Defence. These letters revolve around issues concerning the command of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in England, and include added notations my H.S. Typewritten

Fowler, George William, Lieutenant-Colonel , 1859-1924

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence, largely confidential, continues to revolve around SBS’s now imminent retirement, and his handing over command to Major-General G.J. Cuthbert on the first of March 1918. Letters, usually confidential, are sent to colleagues and military personnel, explaining SBS’s situation, and his request that he be allowed to remain in England for three months after his retirement, and not immediately return to Canada. Included is the copy of a Resolution passed by the Folkestone Town Council regretting Steele’s retirement, and wishing him all the best; and copies of SBS’s letters of thanks sent once he accepts the retirement order will not be overturned; included are explanatory notes by Harwood Steele (1968) about some of the correspondence found in the file. Handwritten; typewritten

Bartram, Vivian T.

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Part of a document entitled “System of Training of Canadian Troops in England” issued by SBS, probably for a conference with General Carson; includes an explanatory note from Harwood Steele, 1969. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Surplus Attachment - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Surplus Attachment - General Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence revolves around the possible attachment of Canadian Officers from the Training Division to Battalions in France for service, instruction, etc. Correspondents include Steele, General J.W. Carson, Colonel Rogers, General MacDougall, and Headquarters, Canadian Division. A hand-written explanatory note is provided by Harwood Steele. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Venereal Disease - Correspondence and Reports

Canadian Training Division – Venereal Disease - Correspondence Reports and correspondence regarding the combating of venereal disease and its spread among Canadian troops training in England; correspondents include Sam Steele, Robert Borden, General Carson, Sir Sam Hughes and civilians. Includes a hand-written explanatory note by Harwood Steele [1969]. Typewritten; handwritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Canadian Training Division: France Visit - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division: France Visit – Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. Includes correspondence and related reports concerning Steele’s visit to the French Front, June 8th-14th, 1917. Notes accompanying the report are provided by Harwood Steele. Note: Two maps removed from file and placed in map box. (2008.1.3.3.5.4; 130-12) Hand-written; Typewritten

Steele, Harwood

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1916

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection reports and related correspondence and schedules for inspections conducted during June, 1916. Includes inspections of the Canadian Training Division at Shorncliffe; the 92nd Highland Battalion, the 90th, 95th, 99th and 83rd Battalions. Includes a explanatory note about the material from Harwood Steele, (photocopy) ca. 1969 Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Army Medical Services Reports

Canadian Army Medical Service Reports Interim Report of Surgeon General G.C. Jones, Director Medical Services, Canadians in reply to the Report on the Canadian Army Medical Service by Colonel Herbert A. Bruce, Special Inspector General, Medical Services, Canadian Expeditionary Force. 61 pages. Includes explanatory note written by Harwood Steele [ca. 1969]. Typewritten; handwritten

Steele, Harwood

French and Belgian Troop Reports

French and Belgian Troop Reports Reports on campaign operations in France and Belgium sent to SBS for his information; includes information on the Battles of St Eloi, The Somme, and Vimy Ridge; includes an explanatory note written by Harwood Steele [ca. 1969]. Typewritten

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ross Rifle Report

Ross Rifle Report Copies of Ross Rifle reports sent to SBS and forwarded to General Carson and Sam Hughes. Includes an explanatory note written by Harwood Steele [ca. 1974]. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Personal Notes - Work and Recommendations while in England as G.O.C. Shorncliffe Command

Typewritten report entitled: "Notes by Major-General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele, K.C.M.G., C.M.V.O. on Some of the Work and Recommendations With Which he was Concerned While in England as G.O.C. Shorncliffe Command". Written, ca. after November 1916 when the Canadian Expeditionary Force was re-organized and R.E.W. Turner assumed the command that had been SBS's.

Steele, Harwood

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1914

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Itinerary for a Military District No. 10 Inspection tour by SBS. On an attached note, Harwood Steele notes that the tour was proposed by Major H.D. B. Ketchen of Steele’s staff, whose handwriting appears on it, and H.S. also provides an update on Ketchen’s military career. One sheet. Typewritten with handwritten annotation

Steele, Harwood

Denison, George T. A History of Cavalry From the Earliest Times: With Lessons for the Future. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1913.

Denison, George T. A History of Cavalry From the Earliest Times: With Lessons for the Future. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1913. (inscribed to Colonel S.B. Steele C.B. “with the compliments of The Author”; Marie Steele has also written both Harwood Steele’s and S.B. Steele’s names in the front of the book)

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