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Letters, mainly military, A - Z, 1903-01 - 1905-04

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/1/15

Scope and Contents

Correspondence on War Office and army reform following LSA's series of articles for the Times, "The Problem of the Army". Correspondents include: Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver Armstrong on subjects including the war between Japan and Russia, and the unpreparedness of the army (2); Hugh Arnold-Forster [Secretary of State for War] on LSA's suggestions (5); Mary Arnold-Forster (5); Major-General Robert Baden-Powell [Inspector-General of Cavalry] on improving cavalry horses and equipment (4); Arthur Balfour [Prime Minister]; George Buckle [Editor of the Times] asking LSA to write a Times leader on a speech by Hugh Arnold-Forster; Sir George Clarke [Member of War Office Reconstitution Committee, later 1st Lord Sydenham] (24); Colonel Charles Callwell, Intelligence Division, War Office; Major Frederick Cunliffe; Sir Clinton Dawkins [former Chairman of Committee on War Office Reorganisation] on the ideas of Hugh Arnold-Forster and the shortage of forces for South Africa (3); Gerald Ellison [Secretary, War Office Reconstitution Committee] on his admiration for LSA's articles (2); 2nd Lord Esher [Chairman of the War Office Reconstitution Committee, earlier Reginald Brett] (13); Major-General Sir John French [commander, 1st Army Corps, later 1st Lord Ypres] on [?] LSA's history of the South African War, cavalry training and British interests in Turkey (3); Edward Grey; Richard Haldane; General 1st Lord Kitchener [Commander-in-Chief, India]; Major Edward Leggett, Director of Burgher Camps and Settlements, Transvaal [South Africa], on subjects including forces coming to South Africa, colonial policy and the prestige of the British administration (2); Lieutenant-General Sir Neville Lyttelton [commanding the Forces in South Africa] on subjects including morale among the forces and using volunteer officers (4); Ian Malcolm; Colonel Raymond Marker [aide-de-camp to Lord Kitchener in India] on administration of the forces in India; L J Maxse [Editor of the National Review]; J H Patterson (5); Henry Rawlinson [Commandant Staff College] (2); Lieutenant-Colonel Charles A'Court-Repington [earlier Charles A'Court] on subjects including working on the Times History of the South African War, the war between Russia and Japan, the sale of warships by Chile and Argentina, Lord Kitchener as Secretary of State for War and rifle trials (24); Zelie, Lady Colville; [Henry] Spenser Wilkinson [Morning Post]; Captain Evelyn Wood (12).

Also includes: memoranda by LSA sent to Hugh Arnold-Forster on army reorganization; list of witnesses called before the War Office (Reconstitution) Committee.


  • Creation: 1903-01 - 1905-04

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The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Box 87

Finding aid date

2003-03-28 16:58:26+00:00

Repository Details

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