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Bruce Peel Special Collections Item South African War, 1899-1902
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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 - 1901

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary, addrresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary; addresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1906

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook One separate item from diary placed behind diary in file, re: Proposed Special Constable Posts

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1906

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook One memo removed from diary and placed separately in file with diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1906

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook Return to England from South Africa discussed Loose items from diary kept in a separate file (see 2008.1.1.2.41.1)

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - [1906]

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook H.S. writes "notes for interview with Lord Selborne & some inspector's notes

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

Confidential Diary - South African Constabulary - 1902-1906

Large, hard-bound diary; typewritten entries

The diaries described as Confidential Diary, contain the following instructions, typed affixed to some of the diaries:

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

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

Divisional Commander's Personal Diary - South African Constabulary - Jan. - Mar. 1904

See note for Diary 2008.1.2.2.2.2.1

An additional note is affixed to the front of this diary:

"This book is Government property, and where it is filled, or the operations for which it is issued are concluded, it will be deposited in the Staff Office of the Command from which the Troops have been furnished; or, in the case of an expedition sent from England, it will be forwarded to the War Office"

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

Letter - Invitation acceptance

Handwritten letter from I.H. William confirming that SBS will be visiting 'His Excellency' at Government House, Capetown.

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

Telegram - Volunteer

Telegram sent to SBS from a volunteer applying for an appointment in South Africa. Handwritten.

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

Letter - Father of LSH member

Handwritten letter to SBS from Chas. {Wooly?] thanking Steele for the interest he took in his son Tom who served with LSH under Steele.

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

Letter - Joseph Colmer

Typewritten letter to SBS from Joseph Colmer, Lord Strathcona's secretary, re: various matters.

Colmer, Joseph, Secretary, Lord Strathcona

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

Letter - Inquiry

Typewritten letter to SBS from Henry J. Brereton, asking for an address of an LSH Captain.

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

Letter - R.H. Moir

Handwritten letter to SBS from R.H. Moir who served under him in LSH; various matters discussed including issueing death reports and request for recommendation.

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

Letter - LSH Sculpture

Correspondence from SBS's brother-in-law (Auguste); various matters but includes a discussion about the design of a statue to honor the role of the LSH during the South African War, attached sketches and news clipping.

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

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

Boer War Affidavit

Boer War Affidavit; includes blank form and completed report by Gideon Petrus Pretonia.

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

Lettter - LSH Banquet scandal

Handwritten letter to SBS from E.T. Logan in response to a request that he speak to Steele's character in light of rumors about inappropriate behavior at a banquet held in London for returning LSH military.

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

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