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Bruce Peel Special Collections Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919 France
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General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters to and from R.J. Gwynne; D.H. McMillan; Robert Johnstone; Hugh Macdonald (both son and grandson of J.A. Macdonald; C.A. Harwood and others; comments on recently imposed conscription in Canada; sympathy acknowledgement; Steele’s recent trip to France, etc.; some French language text; and SBS”s treatment by the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

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, 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.

Steele, Harwood

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.

Steele, Harwood

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.

Steele, Harwood

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.

Steele, Harwood

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

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 01 Aug 1916

Handwritten letter from Flora at No. 32 Stationary Hospital in France to her father at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England. Flora writes about meeting an officer, Captain Baker, who was with the NWMP and is from Winnipeg; she also discusses general matters, and the hope of seeing Harwood sometime soon. 4 pp.

Steele, Flora

Ketchen to SBS: 02 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from H.D.B. Ketchen in France to SBS at Folkestone, England. In the letter, Ketchen congratulates Sam on his recent knighthood, and complains about his treatment and lack of recognition by the Military Forces he serves.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ketchen to SBS: 06 Feb 1918

A handwritten letter with envelope from H.D.B. Ketchen in France to SBS in Folkestone, England. In the letter, Ketchen discusses his plans with the military and he mentions the arrival of Clifford Sifton in England and wonders if Sifton would remember him from Canada and support him in his plans.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

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