Orders, memos and correspondence, with later notes

Administrative / Biographical History

Disparate records assembled by A A M Lumsdaine c. 1960-1970, reorganised on a chronological or subject basis, and interspersed with his own notes and correspondence. In some cases, only Lumsdaine’s copies of the original documents seem to have survived. As the original order has been lost, Lumsdaine’s arrangement has been retained. They include:

  • April 1915
  • Nov/Dec. 1915
  • ‘Sausage Valley Railway’ (Ovillers), 1916
  • Feb 1918
  • March 1918 ‘Start of German Great Offensive’
  • April 1918
  • May 1918
  • June 1918 (including captured German dugout report)
  • July 1918
  • Sep 1918
  • Defence of Arras, 1918
  • ‘Inundations, Advance from Vimy, Roadmaking, Bridging, St Quentin Retreat, Water Supply, USA Railway Troops’, 1914-1918
  • Mobilisation instructions, 1914; memo on defence works, Queenstown Fortress; retreat from St Quentin, Mar 1918
  • Observation posts in Ypres Salient (with sketches), 1916
  • Handing over notes of CO, 5/8/1918; claim by French farmer for crop damage; haircutting charges; Christmas dinner, 1918

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