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Printed Matter: Ephemera - Business Card - Lieut.-Col. J. Hilliard Rorke

A printed business card for Lieut-Col. J. Hilliard Rorke, Officer Commanding 248th O.S. Bn. C.E.F.

The 248th Battalion, which was authorized on 1 May 1917 as the '248th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF',33 embarked for Great Britain on 2 June 1917.34 Its personnel were absorbed by the '8th Reserve Battalion, CEF' on 21 June 1917 to provide reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field.35 The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1917.36

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

Printed Matter: Ephemera - Bookmark

Printed bookmark advertising The Scottish Widows' Fund; includes a color reproduction of "The Village Bride-Groom" by Jean Baptiste Greuze. ca. 1910.

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

Printed Matter: Ephemera - National Institute for the Blind Leaflet

This leaflet, originally inserted in a First World War military book, asks the question: “Which book will you buy for the blind man?” and features a color illustration of a blind man being handed a braille book. On verso, there is a printed appeal from C. Arthur Pearson, Honorary Treasurer of the newly established National Institute for the Blind, asking for donations to fund the purchase of equipment to bring down the cost of printing braille books. On the bottom of the page is a place to write your name, address, and amount pledged for the Institute. C. Arthur Pearson was a noted publisher, writer and newspaper man, but began to lose his sight due to glaucoma in 1908. He published his Pearson’s Easy Dictionary in braille in 1912, and became President of the National Institute for the Blind in 1914. He was a successful fundraiser for the Institute as these leaflets might attest to, increasing the income from £8,000 to £360,000 in only eight years. Pearson went on to establish the St. Dunstan’s Home for soldiers blinded in the First World War, where men were offered vocational training in an effort to help them regain their independence and return to the workforce.

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

Manuscript written by Major Peter Anderson describing his escape from a German prisoner of war camp and sent to SBS

A 47 page typewritten manuscript titled: "The Facts About My Escape From Military Prison at Bischofswerda, Saxony, Germany". The manuscript is enclosed in a paper cover, and on the inside cover is written: "To Major General S.B. Steele C.B. M.V.O. with my compliments from P. Anderson Major 101 Regiment Edmonton Fusiliers, Alberta, Canada". The memoir tells of Anderson's escape from the German military prison, and his eventual arrival in England after travelling incognito through Germany and across the Danish border.

Anderson, Peter, 1868-1945

Camp Orders - Valcartier Camp

Camp Orders by Colonel V.A. S. Williams Commanding Valcartier Camp, Camp Headquarters. Typewritten copy; some annotation, 12 pp.

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

Standing Orders for the Shorncliffe Garrison

Standing Orders for the Shorncliffe Garrison 1912. Reprinted with Amendments, 1915. GOC written on cover and inside booklet is a calling card for Major-General and written on card is “with many thanks & compls”.

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

12th Divisional Training Map

12th Divisional Training Map Printed at the Ordinance Survey Office, Southampton, England References parish boundaries, rural districts, urban districts, and municipal boroughs Dimensions: 54 x 73 cm Scale: 1 inch to 1 mile

Map has handwritten signature on it [H.H. Hebden, Captain, D. Co 3 8/R.F.]

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

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