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Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence “Memorandum in Regard to the Re-Organization of Training Brigades and Reserve Battalions, Canadian Training Division, Shorncliffe; Showing Brigadiers and Officers Commanding Who Have Served in France, Those Who Have Had Instructional Tours in France and Those Who Have Had No Service in France”. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Canadian Training Division: Reinforcements - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Reinforcements - 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 Canadian Battalions and the subject of reinforcements for these troops from Canada. Correspondents include Steele, General J.W. Carson, Colonel Rogers, the Mayor of Salisbury, and others. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Reinforcements - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Reinforcements - 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 Canadian Battalions and the subject of reinforcements for these troops from Canada. Correspondents include Steele and General J.W. Carson; also includes Conference record minutes related specifically to reinforcements. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Reinforcements - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Reinforcements - 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 Canadian Battalions and the subject of reinforcements for these troops from Canada. Correspondents include Steele, General J.W. Carson, General Sam Hughes; also includes correspondence with Lady Strathcona [Lord Strathcona's daughter], re: her financing of Canadian reinforcements. 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: Canadian Casualty Assemby Centre - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division: Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre – Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence and memoranda revolve around the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre, and questions about the Centre’s location, assignment of ‘light duty’ for men with disabilities and the returning of permanent base duty men to Canada. Recipients of Steele’s letters are General Carson and General MacDougall. 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; includes correspondence with community representatives, and discussions about prostitution, medical care, and venereal disease statistics. Typewritten; handwritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Veterinary Services - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Veterinary Services - General Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England and the Director, Veterinary Services and Remounts, Canadian Contingents. The correspondence discusses forage for horses, as well as a telegram regarding meeting a ship bringing horses, and dispatching these horses where needed. A hand-written explanatory note is provided by Harwood Steele. Typewritten; handwritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence Correspondence sent in response to Steele’s knighthood conferred upon him in the King’s honours list for 1918: “Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George”. Includes a copy of the order notification; and many letters and telegrams congratulating him on this honour. Typewritten; handwritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence Correspondence sent in response to Steele’s knighthood conferred upon him in the King’s honours list for 1918: “Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George”. Includes many letters and copies of Steele’s response to correspondence received. Typewritten; handwritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence Correspondence sent in response to Steele’s knighthood conferred upon him in the King’s honours list for 1918: “Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George”. Includes many letters and copies of Steele’s response to correspondence received. Typewritten; handwritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Reorganization/Conferences

2nd Canadian Division – Reorganization/Conferences Correspondence from SBS to Sir Sam Hughes, in response to a conference held by Hughes at the Ritz Hotel, London. Includes Steele’s remarks and recommendations relative to the Canadian Expeditionary Force in England, and a memorandum regarding ‘reorganization in England’. Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

2nd Canadian Division - Reorganization/Conferences

2nd Canadian Division – Reorganization/Conferences Correspondence between SBS and primarily Major General John Walter Carson, as well as copies of memoranda from Headquarters, Canadian Training Division, re: requesting a conference with Carson, and presenting information regarding the Command and administration of the Canadian troops in England. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Canadian Engineers Training Depot - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division: Canadian Engineers Training Depot – l Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence concerns criticisms of the Canadian Engineering Training Deport in England, and Steele’s suggestions to General Carson for strengthening the Depot. Includes correspondence with Brigadier-General Bethune Lindsay and others; some of the correspondence is marked private and confidential. Typewritten

Byng, Julian H.G., 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, 1862-1935

2nd Canadian Division - Reorganization/Conferences

2nd Canadian Division – Reorganization/Conferences Documents titled: “Memorandum of Matters for Discussion with Sir George Perley” (2 copies); Recommendations in Regard to the Re-Organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force...” and one letter to SBS from J. Byng, re: Sir George Perley. Handwritten; typewritten

Byng, Julian H.G., 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, 1862-1935

2nd Canadian Division - Reorganization/Conferences

2nd Canadian Division – Reorganization/Conferences Correspondence and memoranda regarding the Re-organization of Canadian Expeditionary Forces in England with specific reference to the Shorncliffe command. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Sub-Militia Council

2nd Canadian Division – Sub Militia Council (established in 1916 by Sam Hughes): Initial organization plans and related correspondence and meeting agendas and documents. Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Correspondence inviting General Steele to support the Win the War conventions planned for Canada, and his acceptance of this request, and campaign to promote the conventions.

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Canadian Training Division: Canadian Engineers Training Depot - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division: Canadian Engineers Training Depot – l Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence concerns criticisms of the Canadian Engineering Training Deport in England, and Steele’s suggestions to General Carson for strengthening the Depot and his disagreement with criticisms made by Brigadier-General Bethune Lindsay. Typewritten

Byng, Julian H.G., 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, 1862-1935

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Further correspondence related to the Canadian Win the War Conventions; includes General Steele’s issued cablegram in response to the Conventions failing to support a resolution in favour of Conscription; and related correspondence.

Currie, Arthur William, Lieutenant-General Sir, 1875-1933

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Further correspondence related to the Canadian Win the War Conventions; includes copies of letters General Steele sends to others, and his response to a criticism directed to him from a Calgary lawyer and politician, Clifford B. Reilly. Recipients of Steele’s letters include: William Perkins Bull, Colonel Chas. A. Smart, Sir Robert Borden, George Hope Johnston, Premier T.C. Norris and others.

Bartram, Vivian T.

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Follow-up correspondence related to the Canadian Win the War Conventions; correspondents include: W. McInnes, Vivian Bartram, Brigadier-General Swift, Lieut.-Colonel A.M. Jarvis, Sir Robert Borden and others.

Bartram, Vivian T.

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Correspondence related to elections in Canada and discussions about how the outcome will affect support for Canada’s war effort. Correspondents include: W. McInnes, John M. Godfrey, General F.S. Meighen, Lieut.-Colonel A.M. Jarvis, Lieut.-Colonel A.H. Corelli. Major-General Garnet Hughes and others.

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 in preparation for Steele’s visit to the British General Headquarters and the French Front in early June, 1917. Handwritten; Typewritten

Byng, Julian H.G., 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, 1862-1935

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

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – 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 and memoranda revolve around details of troop training; included are two copies of a published extract from “Notes on the Minor Tactics of Trench Warfare”. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – 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 and memoranda revolve around details of troop training including musketry courses, and officer training. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Daily Diary, G.O.C. Canadian Training Division

Large bound diary with printed directory in front of book. The book was probably kept in a central office with different persons making hand-written entries; some typed memoranda glued in diary.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

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

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1916

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection reports and related correspondence and schedules for inspections conducted during July, 1916. Includes inspections of the 13th, C.M.R., 104th, 94th, and 101st battalions and a draft for the Royal Canadian Regiment. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1916

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection report for 151st Battalion inspected the 21st of October and correspondence about standard of recruiting in Canada and the concern that recent inspections reveal Battalions not meeting the standard. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1916

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Programme of Inspection itineraries for Lieutenant-General Sir James Wolfe Murray, K.C.B.., Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, and for the visit of Lord Shaughnessy to Shorncliffe. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1917

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection reports and related correspondence and schedules for inspections conducted by SBS during May, 1917. Inspections primarily conducted for units recently arrived to Shorncliffe from Canada. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Discipline Reports - 1915

2nd Canadian Division – Discipline Reports Investigative reports and related correspondence regarding discipline investigations for Shorncliffe troops; many of the investigations revolve around reports of excessive drinking; includes a transcript of a meeting regarding ‘matters connected with the Department of Supplies and Transport, Shorncliffe'. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Inspection Report - 98th Regiment

Inspection Report – 98th Regiment Sent to SBS in his capacity as the District Officer Commanding M.D. No. 10, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Discipline Reports - 1917

2nd Canadian Division – Discipline Reports Investigative reports and related correspondence regarding various discipline matters, re: Shorncliffe troops; many of the concerns revolve around drunkenness among the troops. Typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

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

Canadian Army Medical Services Reports

Canadian Army Medical Service Reports Report sections numbered #12-16; include information and memoranda on the treatment of rheumatics, Canadian venereal patients, infectious diseases, classification of casualties, and casualty records. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Canadian Army Medical Services Reports

Canadian Army Medical Service Reports Report sections numbered #17-22; include information and memoranda on pensions, lack of co-ordination between medical services, use of C.A.M.C personnel, discontent concerning promotions, organization of the C.A.M.C. Training School, and management issues. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Operations Report - Third Army No. S.G. 491

Operations Report – Third Army No. S.G. 491 “ Report of Operations carried out by 188th (Irish) Bn. K.L.R., on the nights of 16/17 and 17/18 April, 1916” Mimeographed typewritten report; 10 pp., 2 copies; some annotation by Harwood Steele added.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

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.

French Troops - Notes/Reports

French Troops – Notes/Reports General Steele’s notes on the French Methods of Defence at Verdun. Handwritten; 4 pp.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Ross Rifle Report

Ross Rifle Report Reports and related correspondence concerning the Ross Rifle and its application in the battlefield. Typewritten; handwritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

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

Annual Confidential Reports

Annual Confidential Reports Reports for Major W.B. Lindsay and Lieutenant J.W. Lawson of the Royal Canadian Engineers, and for Lieutenant Gordon B. Howard and Major Arthur B. Carey sent to SBS in his capacity as the District Officer Commanding, M.D. No. 10, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Personal Reports - Army Enlistments

General Steele’s Personal Reports: A summary of information about enlistments, voluntary and conscripted, for Armies engaged in World War 1. An added note by Harwood Steele indicates that this mimeographed report was “typed by General Steele’s daughter, Flora”. Typewritten; 9 pp.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Personal Reports - Extensive Action

General Steele’s Personal Reports: “Notes Showing Extensive Action Taken by Major-General S.B. Steele, C.B., M.V.O., G.O.C. Troops Shorncliffe, to Secure Efficiency in all Respects of the C.E.F. in England” Topics discussed in report include: Reinforcements from Canada; Training of Canadian Troops in England, and Reinforcements to France, Training in Canada, Canadian Military School, Casualties, Discipline, and General Supervision. An addendum to two of the reports were Steele’s recommendations in regard to the re-organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and further notes related to his concerns while serving as G.O.C. Shorncliffe Command. Several copies of the report in file, many explanatory annotations provided by Harwood Steele (1968). Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Personal Reports - Canadian Command in First World War: Personal Narrative

General Steele’s Personal Reports: “Narrative In Regard to Major General S.B. Steele, C.B., M.V.O., Permanent Staff, Canadians, From Time of this General Officer’s Appointment to the Command of the 2nd Canadian Division to Present Date” A personal account written by SBS and detailing his role in the Canadian command in the First World War. Several copies of the report in file, many explanatory annotations provided by Harwood Steele (1968). Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

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

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1916

Inspection report for inspection conducted April 18th, 1916 of the 33rd Reserve Batallion from London, Ontario. Report completed by SBS, who was accompanied on Inspection by Brigadier-General J.C. MacDougall and Colonel Smart.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1915

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection report instructions for inspection to be conducted August 4th by the Right-Honourable Mr. Bonar Law, Secretary of State for the Colonies, accompanied by Major-General The Honourable Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence. Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1915

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection report instructions for inspection to be conducted September 2nd by His Majesty the King; includes an attached proposed programme of Inspection of Canadian Troops, in the Shorncliffe Command, as prepared by SBS. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Divisional Orders - S.S. Megantic

Divisional Orders by Major General S.B. Steele, C.B., M.V.O., Commander 2nd Division C.E.F. Typewritten Divisional Orders issued between May 17th to May 22nd, 1915 for the S.S. Megantic. Includes correspondence and numbered orders; 12 pp.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Special Garrison Order

Special Garrison Order by Major-General S.B. Steele A Farewell before vacating the Command on the 1st of March 1918 (several copies)

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Printed Matter: Report by General Sir John French

Report by General Sir John French, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., K.C.M.G. Inspector General of the Imperial Forces Upon His Inspection of the Canadian Military Forces. Ottawa: Printed by C.H. Parmelee, Printer to the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, 1910

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Standing Orders - Sewell Camp, 1913

Standing Orders for the Sewell Camp, 1913, Available to all Troops Encamped at Sewell, by Col. S.B. Steele Commanding M.D. No. 10. Printed by Headquarters, Military District No. 10, Winnipeg. Note: Orders are glued into Family Scrapbook #7.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Printed Matter: House of Commons Debates, January 22, 1917

Canada. House of Commons Debates for Monday, January 22, 1917. A notation on the cover of one copy of the publication says to refer to page 46, where there is a transcription of conversation between Sir Robert Borden and Sir Sam Hughes, re: SBS's fitness for 'command' in First World War.

Two copies of publication.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Printed Matter: Ephemera - Steele Signatures on Extracted Papers

Printed ephemera – Military Extracts including full pages and paper scraps, retained by Harwood Steele in an envelope labeled “autography & bits”. SBS has signed his name, and often his rank, to each piece or scrap of paper in this file, most of them excerpts from published sources.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Printed Matter: Ephemera - Field Cashier Booklet

Field Cashier Account Booklet for the 2nd Canadian Division with the Bank of Montreal , Waterloo Place, London England. Written on the cover is "Major Genl S.B. Steele" and the word [summer]. One entry dated June 16th is recorded in the booklet.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

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