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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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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: 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

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, 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.

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 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

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; private correspondence with Colonel Sam Hughes office regarding Officers for the Manoeuvres in Europe.

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 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 / 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 and others, and includes recommendations for filling Canadian Military positions and appointments; Steele’s letter of thanks to J.D. Hazen, M.P. for his assistance in securing Steele’s promotion to Major-General; and other general matters. Handwritten; typewritten

French, George Arthur

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

2nd Canadian Division - Reorganization/Conferences

2nd Canadian Division – Reorganization/Conferences Documents titled: “Memorandum of Matters for Discussion with Sir George Perley” (2 copies); Recommendations in Regard to the Re-Organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force...” and one letter to SBS from J. Byng, re: Sir George Perley. Handwritten; typewritten

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

Win the War Convention

Win the War Convention Further correspondence related to the Canadian Win the War Conventions; includes copies of letters General Steele sends to others, and his response to a criticism directed to him from a Calgary lawyer and politician, Clifford B. Reilly. Recipients of Steele’s letters include: William Perkins Bull, Colonel Chas. A. Smart, Sir Robert Borden, George Hope Johnston, Premier T.C. Norris and others.

Bartram, Vivian T.

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1915

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection report instructions for inspection to be conducted August 4th by the Right-Honourable Mr. Bonar Law, Secretary of State for the Colonies, accompanied by Major-General The Honourable Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence. Typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

2nd Canadian Division - Inspection Reports - 1915

2nd Canadian Division – Inspection Reports Inspection report instructions for inspection to be conducted September 2nd by His Majesty the King; includes an attached proposed programme of Inspection of Canadian Troops, in the Shorncliffe Command, as prepared by SBS. Typewritten

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

2nd Canadian Division - Discipline Reports - 1915

2nd Canadian Division – Discipline Reports Investigative reports and related correspondence regarding discipline investigations for Shorncliffe troops; many of the investigations revolve around reports of excessive drinking; includes a transcript of a meeting regarding ‘matters connected with the Department of Supplies and Transport, Shorncliffe'. Typewritten

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

Ross Rifle Report

Ross Rifle Report Copies of Ross Rifle reports sent to SBS and forwarded to General Carson and Sam Hughes. Includes an explanatory note written by Harwood Steele [ca. 1974]. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Personal Reports - Extensive Action

General Steele’s Personal Reports: “Notes Showing Extensive Action Taken by Major-General S.B. Steele, C.B., M.V.O., G.O.C. Troops Shorncliffe, to Secure Efficiency in all Respects of the C.E.F. in England” Topics discussed in report include: Reinforcements from Canada; Training of Canadian Troops in England, and Reinforcements to France, Training in Canada, Canadian Military School, Casualties, Discipline, and General Supervision. An addendum to two of the reports were Steele’s recommendations in regard to the re-organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and further notes related to his concerns while serving as G.O.C. Shorncliffe Command. Several copies of the report in file, many explanatory annotations provided by Harwood Steele (1968). Typewritten.

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

Special Garrison Order

Special Garrison Order by Major-General S.B. Steele A Farewell before vacating the Command on the 1st of March 1918 (several copies)

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

Printed Matter: Ephemera - Steele Signatures on Extracted Papers

Printed ephemera – Military Extracts including full pages and paper scraps, retained by Harwood Steele in an envelope labeled “autography & bits”. SBS has signed his name, and often his rank, to each piece or scrap of paper in this file, most of them excerpts from published sources.

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

2nd Canadian Division - Discipline Reports - 1917

2nd Canadian Division – Discipline Reports Investigative reports and related correspondence regarding various discipline matters, re: Shorncliffe troops; many of the concerns revolve around drunkenness among the troops. Typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Canadian Army Medical Services Reports

Canadian Army Medical Service Reports Report sections numbered #17-22; include information and memoranda on pensions, lack of co-ordination between medical services, use of C.A.M.C personnel, discontent concerning promotions, organization of the C.A.M.C. Training School, and management issues. Typewritten

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

Camp Orders - Valcartier Camp

Camp Orders by Colonel V.A. S. Williams Commanding Valcartier Camp, Camp Headquarters. Typewritten copy; some annotation, 12 pp.

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

Map of Manitoba

Map of Manitoba Published by Authority of the Provincial Government With ‘List of Banks in the Province of Manitoba and the Population of the Towns in Which They are Situated’ Map also shows railways (constructed and projected), railway stations, schools, post offices, and boundaries Dimensions: 77.5 x 90.5 cm Scale: 10 miles to 1 inch

Map removed from Military Correspondence file: 2008.1.3.3.1.1.34

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

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 18 Mar 1916

A handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe. The letter, a response to one received from his father, discusses the "Carson" situation, and describes his commanders in France, and his own situation. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 28 Mar 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe. Harwood discusses a paymaster vacancy for [Neish]; his week in the trenches, and the fact that Major Jarvis was nearly killed when an explosive landed near him. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 21 Apr 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes about Major Jarvis; the unliklihood of his going to a Brigade; General Ketchen and his 'rough time'; the rumor of a fourth Division; and his upcoming leave, etc. 4 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 06 Jan 1917

Handwritten letter form Harwood at Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division, France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood is again asking his father to help find a commission for his friend W.G. (Bill) Neish. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

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