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Letters from Oliver Raymont in Nigeria, 1939 - 1981

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 113/22

Scope and Contents

Undated extracts from letters written to Raymont's parents and sisters. The letters do not cover any major events, but provide an insight into the life of a subaltern of the period. Raymont discusses his regimental duties, social life, sport and views on Nigeria and its people. The extracts appear to be from a longer account and are in two sections. The first batch of letters cover 22 June 1935 - 6 January 1937 (112 pages), and relate to when Raymont was stationed in Enugu and Ibadan, with short spells in Kachia Camp in the north and Lagos, and on local leave in Kano. The second batch covers June or July 1937 - 5 January 1939 (77 pages), when he was chiefly in Ibadan and Zaria.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1981


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Biographical / Historical

Lt. Oliver Thomas Morton Raymont (1909-1940) was born on 21 January 1909, and joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers directly from Pembroke College, Oxford. Raymont had two tours of duty in Nigeria on secondment to the R.W.A.F.F., during the second of which, in 1938, he was promoted to Captain. He was killed in action in Belgium on 16 May 1940.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 43

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by O.T.M. Raymont's sister, Mrs Joan Braunholtz, February 1981.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Raymont, Oliver Thomas Morton, 1909-1940

Finding aid date

2003-10-03 10:16:23+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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