Ernest Speed papers

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      GB 206 Liddle Collection AFE 31
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  • Physical Description
      2 files; manuscript, photographs, and printed material. Includes 2 medals and 2 Christmas cards.

Scope and Content

File 1: 29 letters to family (1913-1918); manuscript notes on the letters (ca. 1994); File 2: 4 photographs, including one of his grave, with negative (nd); portrait photograph (1908); 2 Christmas Cards (nd); 1 love poem (nd); South African Constabulary Patrol Report (nd); Cartoon: 'A lay of the S.A.C.' (nd); book: Our South African Empire and how we made it (1900); 1 notebook containing sketches of soldiers made by Speed as a child (ca. 1900); 2 medals.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ernest John Speed served as a Trooper with the South African Constabulary, and (under the assumed name of John Spears) as a Sapper with the Signal Section of the South African Engineers. He died of dysentery in September 1917.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The papers were placed in the Collection by Mrs Anne Lee (niece) in 1994 and 1997. See Research Correspondence File.


In English.

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Related Material

See GS 1509: Speed, FC (brother). See also GS 1510: Speed, AW (brother).

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