Papers of Maitland Baron Jobson

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  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Afr. s. 2328
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 boxes Some of the collection was initially mounted and annotated, possibly by JanePhillipson, the original donor's mother.

Scope and Content

Letters to his family from South Africa, c1892-1901; journal, 1901-1904;miscellaneous papers concerning career, 1888-[c1935]; particulars of service,letters of recommendation and correspondence with the War Office concerningpension, 1892-1932; part of personal scrapbook, with loose related papers,[1891-c1977]; photographs, including family, fighting units and Boer War,[c1891-1943].

Administrative / Biographical History

Maitland Baron Jobson (1868-c1960) joined the militia in Cork, Ireland beforebecoming a trooper in the Bechuanaland Border Police, c1891. In 1893 he took apost as a customs officer, Palapye, with the rank of corporal. In 1894 hetravelled to Bulawayo where he built up his own baker's business and share ina stone quarry. In 1895 he joined the British South Africa Company Volunteers,then the Matabele Mounted Police, with whom he served in the Rhodesia andMashonaland campaigns of 1896-1897. In 1899 he contracted malaria and returnedto England. In 1900 he rejoined the Cork Artillery as a captain. In 1901 hereturned to South Africa with brief spells as Commandant in Vanrhynsdorp,Cape Colony, Registrar of Claims in Harrismith, Orange Free State, andcommander of various forts, Pretoria. He travelled back to England in 1902,attending training events with the Cork Royal Garrison Artillery, 1903-1905.He served as Adjutant of the 4th Durham Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers),1906-1909, was promoted to Major in the Special Reserve, 1908 and Lieutenant-Colonel, 1912. From 1909 to 1913 he held the post of Secretary ofthe Unionist Association in North Wiltshire. He then served as ProvincialSecretary and Organising Secretary of the junior branches of the PrimroseLeague. He fought in World War One with the Royal Artillery. In 1917 hemarried Millicent Amelia Davies. He died c1960 in Guildford, Surrey.

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Letters to parents, 1892-1898, written from Macloustie, Palapye, Salisburyand Bulawayo, donated by Jane Phillipson, Jobson's niece, on 5th October 1994;photographs, drawing, and regimental sports programme (Cork Artillery), 1890-1903, donated by Donald Robathan, Jobson's nephew, in November 1994.