Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; correspondence around the war in Europe and including volunteers for military service; Commission requests; a request from SBS to Robert Rogers asking that Harwood Steele be taken on with the Department of Naval Affairs; a letter from SBS to Lady Strathcona (Lord Strathcona’s daughter) asking for her help in requesting that Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment be sent to the front; a printed lecture copied to Steele on “Important Points to be Considered by Guides of the Canadian Service Employed in the Present Campaign” by Captain A.C. Garner, Corps of Guides, Canada; memo regarding mobilization, etc. One interesting letter from the Assistant Private Secretary, Militia and Defence Canada, has SBS's terse comment scrolled on the bottom of the letter: "This man is ignorant". Handwritten; typewritten
Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel at Valcartier Camp, established as part of the mobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the onset of the First World War; includes letters sent between SBS and Robert Rogers outlining in some detail suggestions for organizing the Canadian Contingents; a telegram and letter from Major Ketchen regarding Harwood Steele and his enlistment; a note from SBS saying he will spend some time in Montreal while awaiting whatever military assignment he should receive, etc. Handwritten; typewritten
Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; many confidential letters to and from Robert Rogers, Sam Hughes and others, and includes recommendations for filling Canadian Military positions and appointments. A particular focus in these letters is on SBS’s recommendation that a Lt-Colonel I.R. Snider be appointed Command of the 6th Infantry Brigade and the subsequent appointment of someone to this position, and other general matters. Handwritten; typewritten
General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; letters from family and friends including C.A. Harwood; information from the British Empire Land Settlement League of which Steele is named a Vice-President; * a letter from SBS to Minnie [Carstairs] describing his post-retirement plans, etc. (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.
Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel at Valcartier Camp, established as part of the mobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the onset of the First World War; includes correspondence around questions of who will command what in terms of Canadian Contingents fighting in the War; personal correspondence concerning questions around the leadership and training of forces; a telegram about poor quality horses and SBS’s request that he not be sent back to Valcartier; telegrams to Major Ketchen about Harwood Steele’s proposed military enlistment, etc. Handwritten; typewritten
Handwritten letter from Marie in Winnipeg writing to SBS in Montreal, Quebec. This is an emotional letter, with Marie expressing her fears about Harwood possibly enlisting with the army corps to fight in World War 1. 2 pp. and envelope.