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Letter to Sam Steele, 05 Sep 1914

Handwritten letter from Marie in Winnipeg writing to SBS in Montreal, Quebec. This is an emotional letter, with Marie expressing her fears about Harwood possibly enlisting with the army corps to fight in World War 1. 2 pp. and envelope.

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

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, One letter from Louis J. [Lipsett],re: meeting Steele in Winnipeg; and a *letter Steele wrote to his brother-in-law, C.A. Harwood, protesting the treatment he’s received from the Canadian Government regarding his military ranking (placed in H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’ file). Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – A draft and 2nd version of a letter sent to Steele’s brother-in-law and business advisor, C.A. Harwood, outlining his grievance at having his rank of ‘Brevet Colonelcy’ taken away from him because of his appointment to the Permanent Force; quite descriptive of his career and titles earned. Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including letters from former colleagues and a letter from Lord Strathcona. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from Steele’s brother Jim; from R.J. Gwynne; [? Johnston], re: his extinguisher invention; and other letters from former militia colleagues; includes a letter of reference for R.L.T. Galbraith written by SBS. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from [G.J. Olesharats], Deputy Minister of Canada’s Department of Naval Service; R.J. Gwynne; [E.F] Mackie; and real estate and banking correspondence. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; further correspondence related to military forces being sent to Europe, and letters from family and friends; includes a hand-written letter to brother-in-law Beau (C.A. Harwood) discussing the pending war and Canadian military efforts, as well as the Escher investigation into the conduct of soldiers in the South African war. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including Steele’s letters to C.A. Harwood (the one dated 30 Oct 1914 marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary); letter and documents related to Steele being appointed a Police Magistrate for the Province of Manitoba; a letter from a distraught Jessie Ross asking that Steele do all in his power to keep her son Don from joining a military unit for the war; and other military/WW1-related personal correspondence. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

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

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: congratulatory letters and correspondence with colleagues and friends including A.C Macdonell who describes his actions with the 1st Canadian Mounted Brigade, etc.; also a funeral service program for Zachary Taylor Wood with an accompanying letter to Sam from his widow. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

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, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes a letter from R. Baden-Powell, and two hand-written letters sent from SBS to C.A. Harwood, describing events at Shorncliffe and general military matters, and letters from other friends such as Lord Dundonald. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes three letters Sam wrote to his brother-in-law discussing his changing role within the First World War command; incoming letters of introduction and reference, and a letter from Louis J. Lipsett, recently appointed Commander of the 3rd Canadian Division, thanking Steele for his letter of congratulations. There is also a letter with two photographs sent to Sam from Major C.B. Strutt. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

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, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes a letter from Steele requesting information on a person he has been asked to recommend; a letter from a family friend in Winnipeg; a letter from A.C. Macdonell; and a proposed program of entertainment in support of the Moore Memorial. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

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 - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from Bishop Arthur Beliveau of Manitoba; J.B. Mitchell; Lord Dundonald; and other colleagues and family members ; one letter to brother-in-law, dated December 3rd, is marked by H.S. as ‘for use only if necessary.’ Handwritten.

Harwood, C.A.

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 - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from John McDougall, Colonel J.T. Fotheringham, and other family and friends; * letter from [S.A. Alderson](dated 3 Mar 1916) that H.S. marked ‘for use only if necessary.’ Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; letters from family and colleagues, including two from “Brooke.” Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from John McDougall, from D.H. McMillan, brother Jim and others. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from military colleagues; a letter Steele sent to C.A. Harwood discussing his military situation (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); and a notice of a memorial service planned for Lord Kitchener and others at Folkestone. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends; A.C. Macdonell writes about his son Ian’s death in a World War I battle; and a letter from J. Byng explains why Harwood Steele cannot attend a [?] Staff School. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from A.C. Macdonell and C. [Donnelly] who both had sons killed in recent battles; letters from other acquaintances and colleagues, including Louis Lipsett, and James Harding, a former A Battery Kingston and NWMP officer who served with SBS; and an interesting letter from A.C. Harwood (Gus), discussing his efforts to get “fair play” for Steele in Canada. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; Letters from friends, including correspondence related to the death of Elmes Henderson while serving with the Hazara Pioneers, and a letter and card acknowledging sympathies received on the death of E.J. Brooks. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from military colleagues and other friends; a letter from R.D. Waugh, Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba; also a letter from Steele’s doctor declaring him to be in good health and fir for “any work that a healthy man of his age can undertake.” Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; letters from D.H. McMillan; [George Mills]; [?Perry]; and [Reg]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes Christmas greetings; letters from colleagues, family and friends wondering about changes to the military leadership; and a letter complete with poem from a woman who sent Steele the very first pair of socks she ever knitted. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from families of men killed in the war thanking Steele for his letters of sympathy; letters from family members; and letters from friends including [J.T.] Fotheringham and [H.J. Creedy]. Handwritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes a telegram sent to General T.B. Strange from the Steele’s on the passing of his wife; letters received from Hugh Macdonald; Thomas [Blaney], and from other family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonald, Hugh John, Sir

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.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends: W.D. Bruce, Fred B. Denison, Edward Evans, A.M. Jarvis, Ellen Gill, and others; a letter sent to Captain Bennett Goldney with a message for Steele from Queen Alexandra; *also letters sent from SBS to his cousin James B. Clarke, and to his brother-in-law, C.A. Harwood, re: Steele’s treatment by the ‘Canadian Authorities’, ( letters marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); several copies of the May 4th letter to A.C. Harwood; a copy of a letter SBS wrote to Colonel Fortescue, Comptroller R NWMP with suggestions about the Police Force and the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Clarke, J.B.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters to and from R.J. Gwynne; D.H. McMillan; Robert Johnstone; Hugh Macdonald (both son and grandson of J.A. Macdonald; C.A. Harwood and others; comments on recently imposed conscription in Canada; sympathy acknowledgement; Steele’s recent trip to France, etc.; some French language text; and SBS”s treatment by the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from colleagues, family and friends; often requesting Steele’s assistance, or responding to his requests for their assistance; includes a letter with a message from Queen Alexandra; also a set of correspondence sent to family members James Clarke and C.A. Harwood chronicling SBS’s concern about his role within the Overseas Canadian Military; also a copy of SBS’s prepared sketch for the “Who’s Who” edition. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Clarke, J.B.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from Margaret Ketchen; James Brierley, J.B. Mitchell,[?] Johnston (Calgary Herald); A.M. Jarvis, etc.; two letters from Steele’s brother Jim; and Steele’s correspondence with W. McInnes, re: service record policy (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1918, 1969

General Correspondence – Personal letters, outgoing, copies of letters written by SBS to C.A. Harwood, Hector McInnes: and Major General J.W. Carson; several copies of each letter; includes explanatory notes written by Harwood Steele (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

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 - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Bessie Borden acknowledging Steele’s letter of sympathy on the death of her husband, Sir Frederick Borden; a letter from brother Jim; two letters from [J.C. MacDougall] visiting in London; a letter of thanks from W.P. Bull, a letter from brother-in-law C.A. Harwood, and other letters from colleagues and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Bull, William Perkins, 1870-1948

Correspondence - Individuals: Roger Pocock, 1905-1915

Correspondence – Individuals: Roger Pocock Correspondence with Roger Pocock, largely incoming, although includes SBS’s article he wrote, entitled: “Conduct of Irregular Horse” for Pocock’s book: The Frontiersman’s Pocketbook; many of the letters are written on Legion of Frontiersman letterhead, and includes early letters regarding the start-up of the Legion of Frontiersmen, and a printed brochure about this organization. The 1910 letter discusses Steele’s book, and goes into detail about Roger’s view of politics, the boy scouts, theatre, his lecture tour, etc. The 1914-1915 letters discuss the war, Steele and Pocock’s roles in the war, and Pocock’s comments about Harwood’s writing and the publication of his first book of poetry. Handwritten; Typewritten

Pocock, Roger

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 correspondence with Sam Hughes and others, and includes recommendations and decisions made for filling Canadian Military positions and appointments. One letter concerns a decision handed down regarding Mr. Joseph Watson Taylor’s claim to a land grant based on his services in South Africa. A letter from Sam Hughes questions Steele about various allegations he has heard about Ketchen. Typewritten

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

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; Includes a partial list of Officers selected for the 11th C.M.R. and a private letter sent from Sam Hughes Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

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 written from J.F. [Tennant] ‘Fenian Raid & Red River Veteran’ requesting a discharge or transfer for his son, and a letter regarding SBS’s recent accident and claim. Handwritten

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

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

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division; includes two letters from Brigadier General John Wallace Carson; a notice about monthly pay and allowance; and a letter regarding reserve battalions. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

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 / Outgoing

Correspondence, marked private and confidential, sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division; includes a letter (and copy) from Brigadier General John Wallace Carson outlining Minister Sam Hughes’ wishes and instructions regarding Canadian command in England, specifically Reserve units for the 2nd Canadian Division and Brigadiers for Training Divisions; and a letter received from J.G. Rattray. Handwritten; typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

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 - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes correspondence regarding the king’s visit, SBS’s reply to General Carson’s August letter, re: working out the chain of command; regrets for Steele not being selected to lead the troupes to France; 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 Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes correspondence regarding SBS’s proposed visit to Bramshott; a letter from E.F. Mackie; and a congratulatory note sent to Col. Hilliam regarding his battalion’s volunteering for additional trench work. Handwritten; typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes correspondence between SBS and General John Wallace Carson with the suggestion that SBS be appointed to the position of Inspector-General of all Canadian Overseas troops; Shorncliffe Command matters; and letters from Baden-Powell and others regarding general military matters. Handwritten; 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

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes correspondence between SBS and General John Wallace Carson with the suggestion that SBS be appointed to the position of Inspector-General of all Canadian Overseas troops; Shorncliffe Command matters; and letters from Baden-Powell and others regarding general military matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

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 revolve around issues concerning the command of the Lord Strathcona Regiment. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; a letter received from H. [DePace], re: Haig’s case, and further correspondence with Major-General J.W. Carson, and issues surrounding military command in England. Handwritten; typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes confidential correspondence with General Sir Leslie Rundle, Commanding-in-Chief, Central Force & Eastern Command; and Minister Sam Hughes; several of the letters discussing rumours that SBS has heard and wants dismissed. Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Letter sent from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; to Minister Sam Hughes; includes copies of orders and memoranda regarding matters relative to Steele’s Shorncliffe command. Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes confidential letters and telegrams sent between SBS, Sam Hughes, Colonel R. Rogers, Robert Borden, and Harry Johnson concerning the command of the Canadian forces in England; other matters discussed in the file is a response to a sympathy letter sent to [Shanbury] on the death of his son Fred, and pay and allowance rate information, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes confidential letters sent between SBS, Sam Hughes, Colonel R. Rogers, and others concerning the command of the Canadian forces in England; other matters discussed in the file are letters of introduction, including one from [E. Alderson]and thank you letters. Handwritten; typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes letters sent from Julian Byng; a letter from R. Rogers promising to speak to the Minister of Militia about placing SBS in command of all the Canadians in England; from D.H. McMillan; a note from Katherine Shaw acknowledging sympathy received from the Steele family on the death of her husband, Alfred Shaw, killed in action during the war; a letter to SBS from Major General John W. Carson. Handwritten; typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; memos concerning enlistment information and an itinerary/program for Princess Louise’s tour of training facilities; a letter requesting information be sent to a parent of an ill soldier, a sheet concerning Indians from the File Hills Indian Agency, Balcarres, Saskatchewan who have contributed in some way to the war effort, and a letter received from [? Lodson], describing his command. Handwritten; typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes a letter to SBS from General Colin Mackenzie, with an explanatory note about this letter from H.S.; a lettter from a grieving father, [? Fisher] who had two sons killed in the War thanking the Steele's for their sympathy; letters from R. Rogers and other individuals concerning military matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Mackenzie, Colin John, Sir, 1861-1956

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes letters sent to Lieutenant Sir Julian Byng and Lieutenant Sir James Wolfe-Murray, re: training of troops being sent to France; and correspondence around SBS’s rank and pay while serving with the Canadian military. Handwritten; typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes confidential letters concerning criticisms of the training carried out by General J.C. MacDougall; a letter sent from SBS to Sir James Lougheed, re: Steele’s lack of military recognition; and letters from other individuals concerning military matters; includes a “statement in regard to the requirements in the matter of staff for the Canadian Expeditionary Force in England”, with attached explanatory notes, written by SBS. Handwritten; typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, Commanding the 2nd Canadian Division, Shorncliffe Command; includes correspondence, with additional copies of particular letters, around the appointment of a General Officer commanding all Canadians in England. Correspondents include SBS, Sir George H. Perley, and James A. Lougheed; news clippings also enclosed with file, and letters from other individuals concerning military matters; many of the letters are marked ‘confidential’. Handwritten; typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

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 largely sent from SBS to Sir George Perley, Canadian Overseas Minister of Defence. These letters revolve around issues concerning Canadian military command, and include added notations my H.S. Typewritten

Perley, George Halsey, Sir

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, and includes letters to SBS from Sir James A. Lougheed; Colonel Robert Rogers; Colonel A. Hinde; Sir George Perley and others primarily dealing with the change of command of the Canadian Forces in the British Isles; also includes a general letter describing how Christmas Day was spent by patients in the Dover and Shorncliffe area. 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 Lord Shaughnessey, , and copies of a letter, with enclosures, written from SBS to Sir Robert Borden, re: concern about published Parliamentary Proceedings for January 23, 1917. 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 confidential letters written to and from Colonel Robert Rogers and Sir Robert Borden, a letter to A. Corelli, a telegram and information sheet on a ‘Programme of Inspections by G.O.C. Shorncliffe Command, and other general correspondence. 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 confidential letters written to and from Colonel Robert Rogers; and a letter from SBS to General J.E.B. Seely, re: Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment serving overseas. Handwritten; typewritten

Seely, John Edward Bernard, 1st Baron Mottistone, 1868-1947

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 correspondence with Colonel R. Rogers; and Lord Beaverbrook, re: the issue of drinking and Canadian troops. Typewritten

Rogers, Robert, Hon., 1864-1935

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 - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O. , Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England; includes copies of confidential letters sent to Colonel Robert Rogers; General A.W. Currie, re: command in Canadian Military; and letters to SBS from Currie; Rogers; Prime Minister R.L. Borden; D. Matson and others. 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 letter from Prime Minister Borden speaking about his hope of forming a “union government; a letter sent from the Director of Medical Services, Overseas Military Forces of Canada; and a letter from R.E.W. Turner of Headquarters, Canada, re: employment for Lieutenant-Colonel Snow, and general correspondence. 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 copies of correspondence sent from SBS to Prime Minister Borden and Mayor F.H. Davidson, Winnipeg, re: “Win-the-War” campaign. Typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

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, revolves around letters in reply to SBS’s letter campaign protesting his proposed ‘superannuation; also includes letters (with copies) sent to and from Colonel R.M. Simpson, Canadian Army Medical Corps, re: SBS’s understanding that Simpson made unfair statements about Steele and other general military correspondence. 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 / Outgoing

Memoranda and 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 from SBS to Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence, and other correspondence.

Birdwood, W.R.

Military Correspondence - Incoming

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 correspondence from Sam Hughes; House of Commons member George Fowler; R.J. Gwynne; and others on a variety of matters; the rumour that Steele is to be replace by Gwynne is addressed in a letter from [F.L. Lessard] of the Department of Militia and Defence.

Gwynne, R.J.

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 letters sent from SBS asking for the support of R.L.J. Galbraith for a Senator appointment; correspondence from R.J. Gwynne; and others, re: District staffing, appointment recommendations, and an Armoury site for Saskatchewan. Handwritten; typewritten

Gwynne, R.J.

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; telegram from Adjutant General regarding the camp at North Battleford, and further information about an Armoury site, etc. for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; correspondence regarding the Saskatchewan Armoury, a proposed silver cup presentation to the best City Regiment of Infantry attending camp, and a letter from D. McLean, Lt.-Col., Winnipeg Light Infantry 106th Regiment. Handwritten; typewritten

Rogers, Robert, Hon., 1864-1935

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; includes correspondence from J. Lyon Biggar and others with the Department of Militia and Defence and elsewhere, re: recommendations, cadet camps, a comment on the relationship between Canada’s Active Militia and Permanent Forces; and forwarded copies of letters, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

Biggar, J.L. , Major

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 Lord Strathcona from SBS discussing his military rank; and other correspondence regarding C.O.C. working conditions, recommendations, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

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 from D. Macdonald, The Militia Council regarding inspection work information for the Minister.

Macdonald, D.A.

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; includes a letter from Government House, Ottawa re: Strathcona Trust meeting and a letter from S. Upton Prior discussing military regiments. 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; private correspondence with Colonel Sam Hughes office regarding Officers for the Manoeuvres in Europe.

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

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