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Letter to Marie from J.A. Dickey

Handwritten letter to Marie from J.A. Dickey, thanking her for the portraits he received of SBS and requesting a Strathcona's Horse badge; letter is dated April 7th, 1900.

Dickey, J.A.

Letter to Marie from Fred White

Typewritten letter from Fred White, N.W.M.P. to Marie, re: answering Marie's question about SBS's pay while with Lord Strathcona's Horse; the letter is dated June 22nd, 1900.

Steele, Marie (de Lotbinière Harwood), 1859-1951

Letter to Marie from A.E. Christie

Handwritten letter to Marie from A.E. Christie, with a question about Strathcona Horse sheet music; the letter is dated December 14th, 1910.

Steele, Marie (de Lotbinière Harwood), 1859-1951

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 23 Sep 1908

Handwritten letter from Flora Steele at St. Urban's Academy in Montreal to her father in Winnipeg. Flora comments on her father's letter, mentioning her father's father. She has met a Lord Strathcona's veteran, Mr. John Barry, who served with Sam in South Africa, and she asks about Lord Milner. 3 pp.

Steele, Flora

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1900

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries with entries related to the Canadian Mounted Rifles and Lord Strathcona's Horse

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, medals distribution, discharge papers, and tying up of loose ends.

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

Letter - Joseph Colmer

Typewritten letter to SBS from Joseph Colmer, Secretary to Lord Strathcona, with attached memo sent to the Bank of Montreal, re: payment to Steele from W. Munro.

Colmer, Joseph, Secretary, Lord Strathcona

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence related to LSH corps and military matters post Boer War; includes plans for establishing a permanent Strathcona Corps in Canada and related correspondence with Lord Strathcona and J. Lyons Biggar; also a letter detailing a planned painting to honor South African War participants.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Corps' Diary - Boer War - 1900-1901

Diary of Lord Strathcona's Corps' Boer War - Colonel S.B. Steele C.B. M.V.O. Commanding (stamped in gold lettering on diary cover) Canada, South Africa, England Double hard-cover binding; type-written entries.

First page entry: "Militia Order No 26 issued for the formation of mounted corps for special service in South Africa, the Regiment to be called Strathcona's Horse in honour of the Right Hon: Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal at whose expense this force is to be raised and equipped.

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

Troop Report notes

Handwritten troop report notes. Includes recorded information about troops and the enlisted men. 3 pp.

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

Memo - S.B. Steele

Handwritten memo from SBS to Lieutenants Kirkpatrick and Tobin asking them to read and comment on gold theft reports. 1 pp

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

Letter - Dundonald

A handwritten letter from Lord Dundonald to SBS, discussing the conduct of some of the men of S.B. Steele's regiment, and stressing the importance of orders being carried out. 2 pp.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse: Nominal Listing and Information

Copy of correspondence sent to Steele, re: history of LSH and Steele's reply. Includes a list of names and addresses of original officers of Lord Strathcona's Horse in South Africa, 1900-1901. Original letter is retained in Series 2008.1.1.1.2 - Personal/General correspondence.

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

Lord Strathcona's Luncheon admittance card

A printed card for "Strathcona's Horse" for admittance to Lord Strathcona's Luncheon, February 22nd, 1901 at the Royal Palace Hotel in Kensington. On the back of the card the date is printed and another word [Miss?].

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

Imprint page with picture of SBS on one side and two nursing sisters accompanying the Canadian contingent to South Africa

An extract from a printed document, with a picture of SBS in his LSH uniform and text recognizing his appointment to Fourth Class of Victorian Order; included is a quote from SBS responding to the King's speech. On the attached page are two photographs of nursing sisters who accompanied the Canadian contingent to South Africa, Sarah Forbes and Marcella P. Richardson. The caption under their photographs is: "Our Own Angels".

Steele, Richard Elmes ("Dick")

Myers Brothers invoice

Myers Brothers (Cape Town) invoice for badges; on verso is a list of names and notes related to saddles, etc.

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

invoice for groceries

Handwritten list of groceries paid for; no name on memo and pencilled word "cake" on verso

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

Johannesburg-Heidelberg - Printed Map

Printed map of Johannesburg-Heidelberg “Compiled and drawn in Surveyor General’s Office, Pretoria from farm surveys under direction of Major H.M. Jackson R.E.

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

3.2.7 Library/Published Materials

There are ten items in this section; the material all refers to the Boer War in South Africa, and was probably collected or referred to by SBS while taking part in the war with Lord Strathcona's Horse

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

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900.

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. (The section on Lord Strathcona’s Horse has been annotated by SBS with added figures and words; some loose pages)

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

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; includes a letter to and from Percy Lake, re: Steele’s brevet rank inquiry, and a letter from Edwin McCormick, formerly of Lord Strathcona’s Horse.

Lake, Percy Henry Noel, General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes requests for drill halls in Military District No. 10; an invitation to a military conference, opening of Parliament instructions, a letter from Walter Kitchener, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; a letter inviting SBS to a “Smoking concert”.

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

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

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

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; includes confidential letters written to and from General J.E.B. Seely, Doctor Howard (Lord Strathcona's son-in-lawm married to Margaret) and others, regarding the command and service of Lord Strathcona’s Horse regiment; a letter (with attached copies) sent from SBS to Sir Robert Borden, regarding the Royal North West Mounted Police; and other general matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

SAC Correspondence - Incoming

Memos; applications for duty; general matters; includes one letter from Lord Strathcona commenting on the fact that many LSH officers have joined SAC.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

Telegram - Lord Strathcona

Telegram sent to SBS from Lord Strathcona; he is pleased with Colonel Steele's command. Typewritten.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

Transport memorandum

A handwritten note related to directions for the Transport Monterey en route to South Africa from Halifax.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes intelligence messages between the High Commssioner and Admiral; and correspondence with Bank of Montreal representatives who handle financial matters for Lord Strathcona's Horse.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Letters related to horses for mounted infantry in South Africa; a letter from [J.L.] Biggar relating his plans for after the war; a listing of stores for Strathcona's Horse; and a letter from an infantryman transferring to the R.C.A.

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

Letter - Grieving mother

Handwritten letter to SBS from Mrs. I.A. Johnstone asking for information about her son's death in South Africa.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, and tying up loose ends; includes a list of the non-commissioned officers and constables of the NWMP who served with the Corp under Steele's command and a letter from Minister F.W. Borden acknowledging Steele's request that men from LSH be allowed to join the South African Constabulary.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Letter to Marie from Reginald Harwood

Handwritten letter to Marie from her brother Reg, inquiring about a job as a surgeon in South Africa with Lord Strathcona's Horse; the letter is dated October 25th, 1900.

Harwood, Reginald de Lotbinière

Letter to Marie from Grace (niece from Orillia)

Handwritten letter from Grace in Vancouver to Marie, discussing her move from Orillia to Vancouver; Grace describes meeting a returning soldier from South Africa (Meschendoff) who had served with SBS in Lord Strathcona's Horse. The letter is dated August 31st, 1902.

Steele, Marie (de Lotbinière Harwood), 1859-1951

Letter to Sam Steele, 03 Jan. 1900

Handwritten letter from Marie in Montreal to Sam, who has just left that day on a trip east to begin recruiting for Lord Strathcona's Horse

Steele, Marie (de Lotbinière Harwood), 1859-1951

Attached letter from Fred White

Marie's copying of a note from Fred White of the NWMP written to Marie Steele, offering his congratulations for SBS being promoted to a full Colonel in the Canadian Militia.

Steele, Marie (de Lotbinière Harwood), 1859-1951

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Congratulatory letters, re: Steele’s appointment to lead Strathcona’s Horse command in South Africa, etc. Includes a letter from his older step-brother, John Steele and a letter from A.M. Jarvis station at the Dalton Trail Post. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former South African colleagues, as well as a letter from someone at The Ottawa Free Press expressing his frustration at not yet hearing from Lord Strathcona for a planned history of the regiment; includes a letter from A.M. Jarvis with an attached typed chart titled: “Measurements of Eskimos taken at Herschel Island 1908...”, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes further correspondence from the Ottawa Free press writer researching a book on the Lord Strathcona’s Regiment; a letter and attached clipping from T. Bland Strange, etc. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1912

Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from H.A. Constantine, widow of Charles Constantine; [A. Miller], a writer working on a history of Lord Strathcona's Horse; correspondence around trying to locate a missing man, Percy W. Black; and a letter from G.A. French. Handwritten; typewritten.

French, George Arthur

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including the manuscript being prepared on the history of Lord Strathcona’s Horse; a letter to the author of this historical manuscript providing him with a list of addresses of original members of Strathcona’s Horse (copy attached with correspondence); and a letter from R.J. Gwynne discussing boy scouts and a proposed Cadet Corps, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letter, re: a letter from Andrew Miller wondering what direction to take with publishing his manuscript on Lord Strathcona’s Horse, upon the recent death of Lord Strathcona. Handwritten.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, discharge papers and tying up of loose ends.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, medals distribution, discharge papers and tying up of loose ends. There are also letters from Minister F.W. Borden discussing his son's grave site in South Africa.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Letter - LSH Discharge inquiry

Handwritten letter to SBS from H.F. Nicholls requesting a signature on his discharge papers from LSH so he can pursue his B.C. scrip.

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

Letter - F.W. White

Typewritten letter to SBS from F.W. White, NWMP Comptroller, mentioning that Lord Strathcona is requesting a copy of a diary of Strathcona's Horse while in South Africa.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence: Scandal - Incoming

Correspondence related to disputing reports that SBS had behaved inappropriately at a banquet given by Lord Strathcona in London on the return of the Regiment from South Africa. References are also made to a book by W.T.R. Preston and his depiction of the banquet event.

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

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