File 2008. - Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

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Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

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  • 01-26 Aug. 1914 (Creation)

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Samuel Benfield Steele was born at Purbrook, Medonte, County Simcoe, Ontario on 5 January 1848 to Captain Elmes Steele and Anne MacIan Macdonald. His father served under Nelson and other Admirals in the Napoleonic Wars, moving to Canada in 1832, with his first wife and family. After the death of his first wife, Captain Steele married Sam's mother, and they had six childre, Sam being the eldest.

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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

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  • English

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