Pocket notebook (January-March 1918); Roll book, No. 2 Company, 1/3 King's African Rifles (February 1918); typed biographical synopsis and duplicate copy (1987); SS Briton menu cards and concert programmes (1919); Demobilization papers (1919); newspaper cuttings relating to the East Africa campaign (December 1918); newspaper cutting relating to Western Front recollections and duplicate copy (1989); Handbook of Swahili language (1917); 5 maps of German and Portuguese East Africa (including German road map) [1914-1918]; 2 photographs, including of General von Lettow Vorbeck and staff under surrender (nd); bundle of 56 postcards of British East Africa and Cape Town; picture book of Cape Town; manuscript notes on tape-recorded interview (1989); manuscript summary of material held in collection (1990).
Oswald Aiken papers
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- ReferenceGB 206 Liddle Collection AFE 01
- Dates of Creation1917-1989
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish German Swahili
- Physical Description1 box; manuscript, typescript, press cuttings, photographs, postcards, and printed material. Includes 5 maps and 2 audio-cassettes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Oswald Aiken was born in 1896 in Lancashire. As Sergeant, then later Company Sergeant Major, he enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Battalion in August 1914 and served on the Western Front, until he was wounded. In April 1917 he was transferred to the 1/3 King's African Rifles, and served in East Africa until the end of the war.
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Access is unrestricted.
In English, but with a little German and Swahili.
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East Africa catalogue http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/liddle/index.htm
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