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General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, outgoing, re: A *letter from Steele to C.A. Harwood in which he discusses his views on the Canadian Overseas Military force (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); several copies of letter attached. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from Steele to H.D.B. Ketchen, further letters of congratulations regarding Steele’s knighthood; and letters from family and friends, many revolving around an effort to overturn Steele’s imposed active military retirement; included also is a letter and information about his publication: “Romanian Songs and Ballads” from R. Stewart Patterson. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters of reference provided for others from Steele, and personal letters to his friend Jack (John) Kerr; incoming correspondence around regret at Steele’s retirement, a letter from SBS to Minnie [Carstairs] describing his retirement plans, etc. (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’) and a letter received from Lord Dundonald. Handwritten; Typewritten

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1918

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.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters related to Steele’s retirement and prospective return to Canada; and letters from colleagues and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: pension matters, character reference for Sam Steele, a doctor’s prescription and “Dietary for the Diabetic” instructions for Steele’; and letters from family and friends; includes a letter from Sam to Minnie [Carstairs]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: pension matters, character reference for Sam Steele, a doctor’s correspondence; and Steele’s application efforts for Canadian homestead entry, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonald, Hugh John, Sir

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 protest about his proposed retirement, and his desire to continue his military involvement by being appointed Inspector-General of the Canadian Over-Seas Troops. Included are letters (and copies) sent to and from: Canadian Members of Parliament; Sir Clifford Sifton; Sir James A. Lougheed; Sir Daniel H. McMillan; Sir Robert Borden; Colonel Rogers; General S.C. Mewburn; and many others detailing Steele’s position and concerns, and responses back. Typewritten

Allan, George William, 1860-1940

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.

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS as he prepares to leave his position as G.O.C. The Troops, Shorncliffe, England; includes correspondence with Colonel C.A. Smart; approval received for a three month leave of absence, with pay, to enable SBS and family to remain in England; and two letters of thanks and farewell sent from men who served under SBS at Shorncliffe. Handwritten; typewritten

Kemp, A.E. (Albert Edward), 1858-1929

Military Correspondence - Incoming

A letters sent to SBS from the Overseas Military Forces of Canada Headquarters telling him is leave of absence is soon over and arrangements need to be made for his and his family’s return to Canada. Typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence to and from the Overseas Military Forces of Canada Headquarters; includes a letter from SBS protesting his order to return to Canada, and a reply from Lieutenant-General R.W. Turner; as well as an attached confidential report regarding SBS’s command at Shorncliffe, and a request put forward from Lieutenant-General J. Wolfe Murray recommending Steele receive some form of special recognition for his service. Typewritten

Rundle, Leslie, Sir, 1856-1934

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Letters sent from SBS to the Adjutant General, Headquarters, Overseas Military Forces of Canada Headquarters, regarding his formal application to retire and receive pension benefits as entitled. Handwritten

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