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The Bickersteth War Diaries and the Papers of John Burgon Bickersteth

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BICK

Scope and Contents

The 17 volumes cover both World Wars and comprise letters home from the front, accounts of particular events by individual family members, photographs and postcards as well as newspaper clippings and telegrams. They provide a unique perspective on the war years both from those who fought abroad and those who remained at home in Canterbury.

The papers of John Bickersteth are photocopies of correspondence and reports to Maurice Hankey on Canadian affairs (1932 - 1940).


  • Creation: 1914 - 1972

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Ella Chlora Faithfull Bickersteth (1858-1954) was the daughter of Sir Monier Monier-Williams. In 1881 she married the Reverend Samuel Bickersteth (1857-1937). They had six sons: Monier (1882-1976), Geoffrey (1884-1974), (Kenneth) Julian (1885-1962), John Burgon (1888-1979), Morris (1891-1916) and Ralph (1894-1989).


17 volume(s)

1 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The Bickersteth papers were catalogued in 1995. This catalogue is available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Bickersteth diaries (BICK 1-3) were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Mr E J Bickersteth in January 1991.

Related Materials

The Maurice Hankey (ref. HNKY) papers are held at Churchill Archives Centre.

Related Materials

3 notebooks of Burgon Bickersteth's diary covering Feb 1916 - Mar 1919 are deposited at the Household Cavalry Museum, Combermere Barracks, Windsor.


"The Bickersteth diaries, 1914 - 1918", edited by John Bickersteth, were published in 1995 (Leo Cooper, London)


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King at Churchill Archives Centre in November 2004 using information from the catalogue by Tamsin Pert (1995).

Date information

DateText: The diaries cover the periods 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945 in most detail.


Bickersteth, Ella, 1858 - 1940, wife of Samuel Bickersteth

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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