Lionel Dunsterville: Letters to Mary Dunsterville

Scope and Content

The majority of the correspondence comprises letters from Lionel Dunsterville to his sister Mary, covering his schooldays at Westward Ho, and extending up to the time of his marriage in 1897. Many of his letters include plans or amusing sketches. Rudyard Kipling features intermittently. The collection also includes a few letters from other members of the Dunsterville family.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary (May) Dunsterville, later Mrs Lionel Armitage, was the youngest sister of Lionel Charles Dunsterville (1865-1946), the model for 'Stalky' Corkoran, hero of Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co. Lionel Dunsterville attended the United Service College, Westward Ho, where he was a contemporary of Kipling, and joined the Indian Army, from which he retired with the rank of Major-General. He described his experiences in his published memoirs, Stalky's reminiscences, which culminate in his command of 'Dunsterforce' on the Perso-Russian frontier in 1918. Towards the end of his life, Dunsterville was President of the Kipling Society.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Julian Browning, 1998


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

There is a detailed description of the collection in the Additional Manuscripts Catalogue, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

The papers of Mary Dunsterville are held among the Special Collections of Sussex University.

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