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General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former colleagues; letters of thanks for recommendations received; a letter with attached narrative on the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade written by H.D.B. Ketchen; letter from Vivian T. Bartram discussing, among other things, the upcoming Canadian Federal election and correspondence with other family and friends, including a letter written, 1 April, from SBS to C.A. Harwood (and marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); and other letters between C.A. Harwood and SBS, and a letter from Hugh J. Macdonald regarding Steele’s treatment by the Canadian Military (includes copies). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

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.

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.

Ketchen to SBS: 16 Feb 1918

A handwritten letter with envelope from H.D.B Ketchen in France writing to SBS in Folkestone, England. In the letter, Ketchen sends his regrets that Sam is giving up his military command and returning to Canada, and discusses further his own position in the military, and the possibility he may be sent ot England.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ketchen to SBS: 19 Feb 1918

Handwritten letter with envelope sent from H.D.B. Ketchen in France to SBS in Folkestone, England. In this letter Ketchen describes a successful operation his 6th Brigade performed, and attaches a copy of meesages of congratulations he received as a result.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division; includes correspondence regarding troop training and discipline, horse acquisition, appointments requested, and other general matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

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 at Valcartier Camp, established as part of the mobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the onset of the First World War; includes correspondence around questions of who will command what in terms of Canadian Contingents fighting in the War; personal correspondence concerning questions around the leadership and training of forces; a telegram about poor quality horses and SBS’s request that he not be sent back to Valcartier; telegrams to Major Ketchen about Harwood Steele’s proposed military enlistment, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS while at the Fort Osborne Barracks, Winnipeg, and in Montreal; includes correspondence to and from the Honourable Robert Rogers, Minister of Public Works, re: recommendations for commanding the Canadian Contingent; and correspondence with Major Ketchen; Sam Hughes; and others. Handwritten; typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

French and Belgian Troop Reports

French and Belgian Troop Reports Reports on campaign operations in France and Belgium sent to SBS for his information; includes information on the Battles of St Eloi, The Somme, and Vimy Ridge; includes an explanatory note written by Harwood Steele [ca. 1969]. Typewritten

Ketchen, H.D.B.