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Major accessions to repositories in 2019 relating to War and Conflict


Barnsley Archive and Local Studies Department

  • Barnsley War Memorials Project: Barnsley Remembers - WW1 Roll of Honour 2018 (A/3810/W)

Berkshire Record Office

  • Pangbourne Methodist Canteen: soldiers' visitor books and photographs and drawings 1939-1943 (D/EX2760acc10549, acc10577)

Brent Archives

  • David R A Friend (fl1940-1944), Brent resident: ARP warden diaries rel to post 56B Wembley 1940-1944 (ACC/2019/01)

Ceredigion Archives

  • I.T. James, (fl 1940s), military personnel: papers rel to wartime career, in particular his time as a Japanese POW c1940-1949 (ADX/1712)

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

  • Fitzgerald Falkner, (1864-1938), Knutsford Detachment, Bucklow Mounted Corps, Cheshire Volunteer Regiment: records of First World War activity 1915-1917 (D 9291)

Coventry Archives

  • A typescript description of Albert Fearn (fl1940-1970), a fireman in Coventry during the Second World War c1970 (Acc: PA3396)

Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven

  • British Koreans Veterans Association, Cumbria Branch: membership lists, war memorial roll of honour, corresp, photographs and casualty lists of those who served 1946-1995 (YDSO 185)

Derbyshire Record Office

  • Gertrude Bella Underwood (1893-1983), nurse: autograph album containing writings, sketches, and photographs of patients and staff at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary 1917-1919 (D8210)
  • Vivien Joan Brown, (d2019), ATS intercept wireless operator: photographs, diaries and additional material rel to her Second World War work, letters and photographs sent to her by her boyfriend William Reginald Ward of the Seaforth Highlanders, other correspondence and papers c1940-2013 (D8280)
  • Herbert H Barker (fl1939-1945) Second World War soldier, Derby: Second World War papers incl National Identity Card, National Service Acts Medical Grade Card, Derbyshire Home Guard paperwork and other documents 1942-1947 (D8294)
  • Belgian Refugees Committee, Buxton: minutes 1914-1919 (D8306)

Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)

  • Ronald Lowman (fl1930-1950) Royal Navy, regular serviceman (electrical artificer): letters sent, incl during the Second World War, mainly to his sweetheart, later wife, 'Dolly' (Dorothea Margarita Eleanora nee Leggett) who served in the WRAC c1930-1950 (LOW)
  • Winifred Jane Gates (fl1904-1917), hospital nurse: autograph album, incl while at No. 1 Temporary Military Hospital, housed in the Eye Infirmary, Exeter 1904-1917 (5938Z)
  • Exeter War Hospitals Research Project : digital material created by the group, incl War Hospitals Image Archive and indexes to project works 2019 (DRP)
  • Exeter War Hospitals Research Project: portfolios of information on eight war hospitals in Exeter during the First World War 2014-2018 (DRP)

Dorset History Centre

  • Wimborne History Festival: oral history interviews (11) given during the Festival; interviewees speak of their family's connection to the First World War 2018 (D-3109)
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament: Bridport Branch: minutes, news cuttings, posters, corresp 1980-1990 (D-CND)
  • Second World War papers incl RAF documents, love letters, wartime diaries covering 1941-1946, local Hurn airport information and other ephemera 1940-1946 (D-3165)

Dundee City Archives

  • City of Dundee Girls Training Corps: minutes, news bulletin, Scottish Company Life, photographs, newscuttings, cadet handbook, uniform button 1942-1953 (GD/X1481)

Durham County Record Office

  • Captain Alan Fairless Capstick (d2019), Durham Light Infantry: photographs, cuttings, maps, service records, pay book, German banknote, clothing coupon book, MID certificate 1939-1948 (D/DLI)

East Sussex Record Office

  • Edward Hardy Parkhurst (1914-2009), of Lewes and Rottingdean: papers including Second World War diary, and nature diaries and albums 1934-1993 (13345)

Essex Record Office

  • Juliana Vandegrift and Captain Umesh Kumar Pun (fl1979-2010) MVO: oral history interviews with Gurkha veterans and their wives about their military service and life before and after. Incl photographs and transcripts 2014-2015 (Acc SA879)

Gloucestershire Archives

  • German Air Force: : aerial surveillance photographs of Gloucester and Stoke Orchard, and map of Hereford, annotated 1940-1943 (D15064)
  • Films and reminiscences collected as part of the South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories project 2019 (D15208)
  • Cheltenham Remembers, WWI commemoration project: local records and corresp rel to war memorial, roll of honour, ephemera and photographs rel to remembrance activities 1921-2018 (CBR/C/8/1-4)

Gwent Archives

  • William Price (fl 1918), of Usk: letters from W.T. Price, Ministry of Munitions of War, London, to his wife Edith and son Jimmy at Thorncroft, Usk, describing the Armistice celebrations in London 1918 (D6488)

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

  • Kingsley Air Raid Precautions: register of volunteers in Kingsley ARP; ARP Warden's Post notebook (mostly empty); register of personnel and equipment for 4th (C) Battalion, Royal Hants Regiment (No.9, Kingsley Platoon) and unidentified volume, incl similar content, possibly same Company 1940-1950 (106A19)
  • Andover Home Guard: records rel to 'H' Company, 1st (Andover) Hampshire Regiment - Home Guard, incl platoon rolls and attendance registers; index cards recording information on individual personnel and rifles issued; filing on various subjects such as orders, training, bicycle allowances, returns of equipment, transfers and absentees 1941-1945 (19A19)

Lancashire Archives

  • Christmas invitation to British children to attend a Christmas party at Site 9 USAF base Warton, hosted by American servicemen. Site Commander Col Don L Hutchins, Site Nine Commander Capt Harry A Dawson, Party Supervisors Chaplain Donald J Mackay and Chaplain James P Galvin 1944 (DDX 1291/209)

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Record Office for

  • Commission of John Hurst of Hollywell (Holwell) as a Cornet in a Troop of Horse under the command of John Manners, Lord Roos, Captain in the Regiment of John, Marquis of Granby, Colonel 1707 (DE10007)
  • E Hollingshead & Son, saddlers, Melton Mowbray: correspondence and financial records c1920-1948 (DE9803)
  • Nominal rolls of Leicestershire Regiment officers, by battalion who saw active service on the Western Front (with additions from Salonika and Egypt) between 5 August 1914 and 30 November 1918 1914-1918 (DE9857)
  • Geoffrey Willsdon, (1920-2019), Lieutenant, 1st Leicestershire Regiment and Prisoner of War: memoirs and other papers rel to his Second World War service in Malaya and as a Far-Eastern Prisoner of War 1941-2019 (DE9860)
  • Portraits and notes on the First World War military service of Cyril, Donald, William and J Owen Forryan of Wigston Magna compiled by Iain Morley 2018 (DE9891)
  • Alfred Chapman, (fl1930-1949): private ledger incl accounts for "Holmwood", a factory on Fosse Road North, Leicester, War Stock and Victory Bonds, bank and building society savings c1930-1949 (DE9970)
  • Oral history recording of Edmund Charles Beard, of Hugglescote, recalling experiences as a prisoner-of-war at 'Stalag' 8b with accompanying letter and notes 2009 (DE9778)
  • Leicestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion: transcript of war diary 1943-1944 (DE9809)
  • Cpl Thomas James Bailey, (fl1916-1918), soldier, 9th Btn The Leicestershire Regiment: copied and transcribed letters with associated papers relating to his First World War service 2015 (DE9892)

Manchester Archives and Local Studies

  • Manchester Corporation Waterworks air raid damage incident log book 1940-1944 (GB127.MISC/1316)

Museum of Croydon

  • Eric Blake Pritchard (1899-1962), medical orderly and conscientious objector: letters (50), envelopes and accompanying notes 1918 (AR1145)

Norfolk Record Office

  • 3rd Battalion of the West Norfolk Local Militia: regimental orderly book 1809-1869 (ACC 2019/63)

Nottinghamshire Archives

  • Betty Pearson (fl1940s), of Radcliffe On Trent: Women's Land Army papers incl correspondence, identity card, release certificate, photographs; orders of service for thanksgiving services; letter rel to presentation of Land Army certificate and badge; and accompanying badge, tie and armband c1940 (Acc 9535)
  • Cecil B Leader (fl1940-1944), Sergeant Instructor, Signals, D Company: diary, registers of signals training attendance, signals course notes and copy photographs; also Co-Operative Union War Emergency Circulars on various matters 1940-1944 (Acc 9591)
  • John Edward Hammill (fl 20th cent), of Mansfield: correspondence, photographs and family papers rel to his position as a conscientious objector during the Second World War and subsequent friendships with PoWs at camps in Nottinghamshire 20th cent (DD/2733)

Perth and Kinross Council Archive

  • Brian Doyle (fl2014-2019), St Johnstone Football Club historian: Perth & Kinross Remembers - digital deposit consisting of biographies of St Johnstone Football Club players who served in the First World War 1914-1918 (19/67)
  • Perth & Kinross Remembers: personal papers of Janet McIlvride Stewart, Red Cross Nurse, including photographs, nursing certificates, autograph book signed by convalescent soldiers and colleagues at Pitlochry VAD Hospital 1914-1918 (19/54)
  • Tommy Smyth, former archivist: Perth & Kinross Remembers - First World War memorial research based on the Perth Golden Book and other memorial records 20th cent (19/37)
  • Cultybraggan Cartoon Collection and Bunte Buehne Book: volumes (2) of cartoons made by POWs at Cultybraggan Camp 1944-1945 (19-Jun)

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

  • Plymouth Air Raid Precautions: Warden's book belonging to Mrs Ethel Mary Wood of 3 Duckworth Street, Stoke, Devonport, with photograph of ARP staff 1940-1941 (4236)

Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive

  • Marie Lawrence (fl1920-1980), of Richmond: photograph album and Second World War diary 1920s-1980s (AD108)

Rotherham Archives and Local Studies

  • Kimberworth Road Congregational Church: cash book, registers and Second World War photographs (22) of service men and women from various regiments incl Navy, RAF and Army all from the Rotherham area, all in uniform and all named 1915-1986 (1092-N)

Sandwell Community History and Archives Service

  • West Bromwich County Borough Council Engineeering Department: ARP plans showing location and maximum occupancy of air raid shelters 1939 (2109/09R)

Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)

  • Private William Hernandez: Second World War letters to the Allen family of Yeovil c1940-1945 (A/EKY)
  • William Reginald Hancock: letters to his parents and brothers during the First World War 1916-1917 (A/AGI)

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office

  • Women's Voluntary Service, Bilbrook: account book 1940-1945 (7703)

Surrey History Centre

  • St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey: records, including transcripts of reminiscences of the war hospital 20th cent (8003)
  • Herbert White (fl1914-1918), 1/5th Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment: diaries, letters and postcards of his time in Mesopotamia and India whilst on active service 1914-1919 (QRWS/30/WHITH)
  • Captain Geoffrey Lancaster Groves (1896-1947), 1st/4th Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment: papers rel to service in India during the First World War, incl diaries; Darjeeling diary with transcript, 1915; 'To Kashmir on a miniature lightweight', 1916; photograph albums, loose identified and unidentified photographs and negatives 1914-1918 (QRWS/30/GROVGL)

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

  • Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, Bethnal Green: records of annual memorial services, the Stairway to Heaven Memorial incl architectual plans, fundraising and raising awareness events, photographs, memories of survivors, newspaper articles rel to the project, together with films and songs created by students in conjunction with the Trust 2006-2019 (TH/9785)

Tyne and Wear Archives

  • Stephen Bevan (fl1940-1945), of Sunderland, driver, Royal Army Service Corps: photograph album from Second World War service with 54th Field Hygiene Section, Royal Army Service Corps, Middle East Forces, in Palestine and Egypt 1940-1945 (5933)

Warwickshire County Record Office

  • 2nd/4th South Midland Warwickshire (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery: toned photograph taken by Fred Spalding & Sons, Chelmsford; photograph includes the names of Lieut N C Barnes, Capt T Vaugham Morgan and Lieut E R H Pollak c1914 (PH1356)
  • James Speight (fl1916-1918): letters sent from France and Italy to his family in Sutton Coldfield, while on active service during the First World War 1916-1918 (CR5030)

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Kirklees

  • John Arthur Falck (fl 1890-1960), textile manufacturer: family papers incl photographs, diaries and notebooks, school records and postcards. Also incl records from his time in Ruhleben Internment Camp, Germany, during the First World War 1890s-1960s (WYK1907)

Wigan Archives and Local Studies

  • Arthur Fairhurst, (fl. 1942-1948), soldier: personal papers incl letters sent to family during military service in the Second World War 1942-1948 (Acc. 2019/37)
  • Arthur Hughes, (fl. 1940-1946), RAF Flight Officer: diary 1940-1946 (Acc. 2019/83)

Wolverhampton City Archives

  • Armed Forces Career Information Office, Wolverhampton: registers of recruits 1934-1988 (DW-216)

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

  • Volume of 'Le avventure di Pinocchio Storia di un burattino' by Carlo Collodi, owned by Arthur Geoffrey Veasey Aldridge (1909-74) of Worcester, who was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and had the book with him when taken prisoner in 194; the book is signed and marked with a stamp of Stalag IX C 1941 (16374)


British Library, Manuscript Collections

  • English Civil War documents incl lists of the King's troops of horses, lists of ranks with wages, and letters (4) c1642-1644 (Add MS 89390)
  • Thomas Hobbs (fl 1815), soldier: diary kept during the battle of Waterloo 1815 (Add MS 89367)

British Library: Asian and African Studies

  • Emma Ewart Larkins (1808-1857), wife of Major George Larkins (1807-1857) Bengal Artillery: family correspondence, incl a final letter smuggled out during the siege of Cownpore 1848-1914 (Mss Eur F732)
  • Major General James Welsh (1775-1861), Madras Army: journal 1844-1845 (Mss Eur F739)

Imperial War Museum Department of Documents

  • Ronald William Fordham Searle (1920-2011), artist and satirical cartoonist: bound volumes (10) of 'Exile'/'The Exile', a handmade magazine produced in Changi prisoner of war camp, Singapore, featuring stories, factual articles and a variety of other contributions from many of the Changi POWs 1944-1945 (Documents.18741)
  • Eli Marsden Wilson (1877-1965), artist: diary written when he was arrested as a conscientious objector and sent to prison, incl details of the arrest in a mixture of English, Spanish and some French 1917-1918 (Documents.27323)
  • Jonathan Purnell (fl1985-1987), gunner, 4 South African Infantry Battalion (62nd Mechanised Battalion Group): ms diary with transcription, recording his National Service, notably training in South Africa, and operational service as a gunner in an Olifant Main Battle Tank and commenting on experiences of army life 1985-1987 (Documents.272020)
  • John Lindsey Newton Marshall (d2004), research chemist: documents incl photographs and S.O. books (4) containing ms notes, calculations and diagrams rel to rocket propellant research undertaken at the Armament Research Department (ARD) at Fort Halstead during the Second World War 1939-1945 (Documents.27368)
  • Douglas Mills (fl1942-1946), Borough Treasurer and accountant, Finance Department, Croydon Town Hall: letters (175) written by 50 employees of the Borough of Croydon who had been called up to the forces during the Second World War; Mills kept them up to date with what was happening to former colleagues, and with other news from back home, sending regular newsletter and magazine 'Calling Croydon' 1942-1946 (Documents.27322)

Imperial War Museum Film Archive

  • Tim Hetherington (1970-2011), photojournalist: films covering anti-Gaddafi uprising and Libyan Civil War, and film of Niger Delta 2011 (MGH*)

Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive

  • Hanna Ruth Singer (nee Cohn) (1929-2018), German Jewish refugee and English teacher: collection rel to experience as a Kindertransportee 1919-1939 (07/05/2019 00:00)

Imperial War Museum Sound Archive

  • Leonard James Butler (fl1941-1946), British merchant seaman serving in EMPRESS OF ASIA: interview with Leo Carroll, incl his experiences being held as a civilian internee in Changi Camp and Sime Road camp, Singapore, Malaya 1939-1945 (33518)

Island Archives, Guernsey

  • Dorothy Emma Dowding (1920 - 2019), press reporter and John Dowding (b1921), civil servant: family and work related papers, particularly rel to the German Occupation of Guernsey, and incl taxi diaries kept by Lewis S. Rabey, 1923-1935 c1837-2019 (AQ 1622 - AQ 1623)
  • Winifred Bessie Bretel (fl1939 - 1962), Private, Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) Bicester: papers and photographs predominantly rel to her military service 1939-1962 (AQ 1548/085 - AQ 1548/93)

National Army Museum Templer Study Centre

  • Coldstream Guards: records incl letterbooks, correspondence, casualty lists, returns books, nominal rolls, lists of honours and awards, marching in books, order books, reports, mess records and standing orders 1650-2005 (05/08/2019)
  • Charles Cecil Daniel (1862-1948), Captain, The Royal Scots: ms diary with detailed account of the Boer War, incl details of tactics, weather, living conditions, leisure time, geographic locations and movement of troops and breakdown of the brigade 1900 (07/06/2019)
  • Edward Noel Keith Estcourt (1905-1982), Major General, Royal Artillery: photograph album incl images of artillery pieces firing in Scotland, British and American Generals meeting, and officer mess photographs 1926-1945 (06/11/2019)
  • Frank Stewart McNamara (fl1876-1900), soldier: letters to his sister Edith Garrett written during the Boer War, rel to volunteering for service, his preparations for war, including the emotional experience of this for himself and his family, the voyage to South Africa, and military engagements 1900 (08/11/2019)
  • National Army Museum: oral history interview with Major General Robert Adam Mungo Simpson Melvin (b1955), CB OBE, Royal Engineers, rel to his 19 years service in Germany 1975-2009 (05/03/2019)
  • James Maurice Primrose (1819-1892), General: papers incl notebooks containing a South African diary (1851-1853), Kandahar journal (1878-1880), papers rel to service in Ireland (1846-1848), and in India (1857-59), and corresp rel to purchase of Lieutenant-Colonelcy in the 43rd (1857) 1846-1880 (02/10/2019)
  • Geoffrey Rowe (1923-2005), Colonel: photographic collection incl photo albums rel to service as a signalman in the Indian Army (1942-7), his period in Germany (1948-53) learning gunnery and serving in 42nd Field Regiment, and serving in Korea (1954-55) 1942-1955 (04/11/2019)

National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections

  • Gloria Serafini, (fl1946-1947), of Selkirk: letters to Ilio Orlandini, Tuscan POW, with related papers of the Serafini family 1919-1972 (Acc.14127)

National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services

  • Roundel Tristram Toke (fl 1915), Lt Col, First Welsh Regiment & 6th Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment: diaries (2) rel to account of war in the Ypres Salient incl corresp, maps, newspaper cuttings and photographs 1915 (NLW ex 3031)

National Maritime Museum: The Caird Library and Archive

  • William Redpath (1915-2002), Able Seaman: diaries (24), notebooks (6) and accompanying publications covering his life and naval service of during the First World War 1915-2002 (RED)

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

  • Robert McGookin (1897-1972), soldier, from Larne, County Antrim: diaries, correspondence, photographs letters, soldiers paybook and discharge papers c1918-2012 (D4740)


Aberdeen University, Special Collections Centre

  • Ernest William Henderson Cruickshank, (1888-1964) Professor of Physiology: First World War diaries 1916-1919 (900)

Brunel University Library

  • Ralph Hilditch (1918-2014), sergeant, Royal Scots Fusilier, and builder: autobiography 1920-2007 (BURN 4 Hilditch)

Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

  • Wing Commander Sir Archibald William Henry James (1893-1980), politician and diplomat: papers rel to his service as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Madrid during the Second World War 1930s-1940s (MS Add.10325)

Cambridge University: Churchill Archives Centre

  • Sir Sackville Hamilton Carden (3 May 1857 6 May 1930) Admiral: naval papers, especially relating to the First World War and the naval campaign at the Dardanelles 1869-1930 (CARD, acc 2064)

Durham University Library, Special Collections

  • Thomas Watson (fl1915-1951), DLI soldier: letters home written during the First World War 1915-1918 (ADD)

King's College London: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

  • Rowland David George (1905-1997), Wing Commander: account of RAF service, 1939-1945 c1990 (Acc 3822)
  • Sir Miles William Arthur Peel Graham (1895-1976), knight, Major General: diaries of service in the First and Second World Wars, with related papers 1917-1945 (Acc 3875)
  • Stanley Osborn Aylett (1911-2003), surgeon: papers rel to his career, including service with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War 1930-2002 (Acc 3800)
  • Richard Frederick Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill (1931-2018), Field Marshal: papers rel to his military service 1970-2018 (Acc 3857)

Leicester University Library: Special Collections

  • Irene Bejach (d1992) and Helga Bejach (d2005), Jewish refugees taken in by the Attenborough family: records incl photographs, correspondence and ephemera rel to the Kindertransport scheme 1939-1988 (ACC 2019/21)

London University: Institute of Modern Languages Research

  • Kenneth G Knight (1921-1999) German Studies scholar: personal papers including diaries and correspondence concerning his relief work in Holland and Germany 1930-1980 (KGK)

Manchester University: University of Manchester Library

  • Sir Joseph Whitworth, (1803-1887), engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and philanthropist: autograph letters (6) to Sir Emerson Tennent rel to contest with Sir William Armstrong to supply British Army field guns c1864 (2019/95 and Eng MS 1573)

University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections

  • Geoffrey Rowe (1923-2005), Colonel: correspondence with his parents Doris and Cyril, younger sister Valerie, and other friends and relatives 1942-2004 (MS967)