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Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919 World War, 1914-1918
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Canadian Training Division: Surplus Attachment - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Surplus Attachment - General Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence revolves around the possible attachment of Canadian Officers from the Training Division to Battalions in France for service, instruction, etc. Correspondents include Steele, General J.W. Carson, Colonel Rogers, General MacDougall, and Headquarters, Canadian Division. A hand-written explanatory note is provided by Harwood Steele. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Venereal Disease - Correspondence and Reports

Canadian Training Division – Venereal Disease - Correspondence Reports and correspondence regarding the combating of venereal disease and its spread among Canadian troops training in England; includes correspondence with community representatives, and discussions about prostitution, medical care, and venereal disease statistics. Typewritten; handwritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: Reinforcements - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Reinforcements - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence revolves around Canadian Battalions and the subject of reinforcements for these troops from Canada. Correspondents include Steele and General J.W. Carson; also includes Conference record minutes related specifically to reinforcements. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Army Medical Services Reports

Canadian Army Medical Service Reports Report sections numbered #12-16; include information and memoranda on the treatment of rheumatics, Canadian venereal patients, infectious diseases, classification of casualties, and casualty records. Typewritten

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

Canadian Training Division: Reinforcements - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Reinforcements - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence revolves around Canadian Battalions and the subject of reinforcements for these troops from Canada. Correspondents include Steele, General J.W. Carson, General Sam Hughes; also includes correspondence with Lady Strathcona [Lord Strathcona's daughter], re: her financing of Canadian reinforcements. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

2nd Canadian Division - Reorganization/Conferences

2nd Canadian Division – Reorganization/Conferences Correspondence between SBS and primarily Major General John Walter Carson, as well as copies of memoranda from Headquarters, Canadian Training Division, re: requesting a conference with Carson, and presenting information regarding the Command and administration of the Canadian troops in England. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence Correspondence sent in response to Steele’s knighthood conferred upon him in the King’s honours list for 1918: “Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George”. Includes a copy of the order notification; and many letters and telegrams congratulating him on this honour. Typewritten; handwritten

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

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Correspondence related to elections in Canada and discussions about how the outcome will affect support for Canada’s war effort. Correspondents include: W. McInnes, John M. Godfrey, General F.S. Meighen, Lieut.-Colonel A.M. Jarvis, Lieut.-Colonel A.H. Corelli. Major-General Garnet Hughes and others.

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence Correspondence sent in response to Steele’s knighthood conferred upon him in the King’s honours list for 1918: “Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George”. Includes many letters and copies of Steele’s response to correspondence received. Typewritten; handwritten

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

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence

Knighthood Congratulatory Notes and Correspondence Correspondence sent in response to Steele’s knighthood conferred upon him in the King’s honours list for 1918: “Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished order of Saint Michael and Saint George”. Includes many letters and copies of Steele’s response to correspondence received. Typewritten; handwritten

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

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including further correspondence related to the “Forty Years” publication; letters of congratulations to Steele for his book, as well as being named Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends: Reverend Canon Ronald Hilton, T. Bland Strange, Bethune Lindsay, and others; as well as a tenancy agreement and proof of Steele’s entry for a “Who’s Who” volume. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including a letter from Steele’s brother Godfrey, and other friends and acquaintances, including Bethune Lindsay. Handwritten.

Steele, Godfrey MacNeil

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from John McDougall reminiscing about the Cypress Hills situation; from J.A. Rattray; from A.C. Macdonell writing from ‘the field’, and from other colleagues and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from brother Jim; John McDougall, Mrs. D.W. Davis and others, many thanking Steele for the received copy of his book. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter with attached photograph from Lieutenant Eric Smith; and letters from many other friends and colleagues. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes many letters from family and friends offering Steele congratulations on his recent knighthood; includes a letter from Prime Minister R.L. Borden; also letters revolving around SBS’s campaign to oppose his forced retirement, and request to remain active in the Canadian Military War campaign. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 02 Jul 1915

Handwritten letter with envelope from Flora in Winnipeg to her father at Shorncliffe Camp in Kent, England. Flora talks about her and Gerrtrude's social activites in Winnipeg; describes being at Camp Sewell for Dominion Day, and talking to former NWMP officers from Macleod: Quartermaster Patterson, and George Casey, and assures her father that she and Gertrude are not worrying their mother. 9 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 25 Jul 1915

Handwritten letter from Flora in Lang, Saskatchewan to her father at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England. She and Gertrude are on a visit to Saskatchewan and much of the letter is spent discussing where they will go and who they will visit while travelling about Saskatchewan. 4pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 10 Aug 1915

Handwritten letter with envelope from Flora in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to her father at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England. Flora continues to discuss her and Gertrude's travels in Saskatchewan, and comments on the various people they visit or spend time with, and the heat spell they are enduring. 8 pp.

Steele, Flora

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, 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 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, 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, 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

Ketchen to SBS: 10 Aug 1915

Handwritten letter from H.D.B. Ketchen at Otterpool Camp (Kent, England) to SBS at Shorncliffe. Ketchen is writing to recommend SBS arrange a billet for Colonel Corelli.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: primarily related to the securing of personnel for military units and the question of Steele commanding a 2nd Canadian battalion; * includes a letter (dated 18 Nov 1914) from R.B.B. Bennett that H.S. marked ‘for use only if necessary.’ Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel at Valcartier Camp, established as part of the mobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the onset of the First World War; includes letters sent between SBS and Robert Rogers outlining in some detail suggestions for organizing the Canadian Contingents; a telegram and letter from Major Ketchen regarding Harwood Steele and his enlistment; a note from SBS saying he will spend some time in Montreal while awaiting whatever military assignment he should receive, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

Ketchen, H.D.B.

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; many confidential letters to and from Robert Rogers, Sir Robert Borden and others around Steele’s complaint about his rank in the Canadian Military; the treatment of himself and other officers by a ‘Minister of the Crown’ and the Department of Militia and Defence; includes copied letters intended to provide support for Steele’s views, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

Biggar, J.L. , Major

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS from Lord Milner and separated by Harwood Steele as correspondence to be consulted “only if necessary”. The two letters and telegram concern the possibility of Kitchener and Steele commanding in the Field during the first world war. Handwritten; typewritten.

Milner, Alfred Milner, Viscount, 1854-1925

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; many confidential letters to and from Robert Rogers, Sam Hughes and others, and includes recommendations for filling Canadian Military positions and appointments. A particular focus in these letters is on SBS’s recommendation that a Lt-Colonel I.R. Snider be appointed Command of the 6th Infantry Brigade and the subsequent appointment of someone to this position, and other general matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division; includes lists of officers; SBS’s acceptance of the command of the Shorncliffe District, while stating he would have preferred to lead the Division in the Field; and orders from Sam Hughes promoting SBS to “command South Eastern District including all Canadians in England”; and other matters. Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence separated by Harwood Steele, and marked “for use only if necessary”. Letters in this file are ones H.S. felt were sensitive, and separated accordingly. Includes correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; these letters, between SBS, General Lord Brooke, General Carson, and General Turner revolve around issues concerning the fitness of Commander Lt. Colonel J.A.W. Allan of the 20th Battalion, 2nd Canadian Division. Includes explanatory notes from Harwood Steele (1974). Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Register of Official Letters

“A register of official letters to and from Major-General Steele, G.O.C. Troops, Shorncliffe, 1916 to end of February, 1918, when General Steele was retired through action of the Canadian Government” Hand-written entries; different people entering information in register. Black cloth bound book

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Documents separated by Harwood Steele, and marked “for use only if necessary”. Papers in this file are ones H.S. felt were sensitive, and separated accordingly. Includes correspondence between SBS, Colonel Fowler, and Sir George Perley, Canadian Overseas Minister of Defence. These letters revolve around issues concerning the command of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in England, and include added notations my H.S. Typewritten

Fowler, George William, Lieutenant-Colonel , 1859-1924

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS, including copies of a narrative he wrote outlining his personal “appointment to the command of the 2nd Canadian Division to present date”, referring to Sir George Perley’s appointment of a replacement for his position in England; and letters, often marked ‘confidential’, sent to General John Walter Carson and other individuals discussing his personal situation, the injustice he feels, and his wish to remain in England until the end of the war. Typewritten

Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught, Prince, 1850-1942

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

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 a copy of a letter from SBS to Hugh Macdonald with copies of correspondence and narratives related to SBS’s treatment by the Canadian Military; a letter received from John P. French, sent from France; a letter (with copy) sent from SBS to Colonel Rogers; a letter from SBS to Sir George Perley and a letter received from [L. Kippell] commenting on SBS’s recent visit to the French battlefields. Handwritten; typewritten

Rogers, Robert, Hon., 1864-1935

Military Correspondence - Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O. , Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England; includes copies (with duplicates) of confidential correspondence sent from SBS to Lord Beaverbrook, re: his age and fitness for military service; and to Colonel Robert Rogers; Sir Daniel H. McMillan, re: Sam’s military rank and unfair treatment by Canadian military. Typewritten

Beaverbrook, Lord, 1879-1964

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

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence and memoranda revolve around details of troop training; included are two copies of a published extract from “Notes on the Minor Tactics of Trench Warfare”. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence and memoranda revolve around details of troop training including musketry courses, and officer training. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence and memoranda revolve around details of troop training and course planning; includes three copies of a published report regarding the inspecting of Training Depots and Schools of Instruction. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence and memoranda revolve around details of troop training and course planning. Typewritten

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

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence and memoranda revolve around details of troop training and course planning. Typewritten

Byng, Julian H.G., 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, 1862-1935

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence Part of a document entitled “System of Training of Canadian Troops in England” issued by SBS, probably for a conference with General Carson; includes an explanatory note from Harwood Steele, 1969. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadian Training Division: General - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – General - Correspondence “Memorandum in Regard to the Re-Organization of Training Brigades and Reserve Battalions, Canadian Training Division, Shorncliffe; Showing Brigadiers and Officers Commanding Who Have Served in France, Those Who Have Had Instructional Tours in France and Those Who Have Had No Service in France”. Typewritten

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

Published Report of the Royal NWMP, 1919

Published report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police for the Year Ended September 30, 1919. Printed in Ottawa by Order of Parliament. Pencilled on the back cover of the report is: "[Met] 27 Regina in 1883".

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

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