Unclassified Papers From Sheffield (1)

Scope and Content

Note. Title on the box containing the papers, probably put together by Helen Wilson.

Questionnaire sent out by HJ Wilson requesting details of the soldier's life in the British Army, compared with those of the Continent of Europe. With returns, covering letters and explanatory notes for the UK, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain and Sweden. 1896-1898.

Note: Information collected to refute the findings of Lord Onslow's Departmental Committee (appointed by the Secretary of State for India) which reported in Mar 1897, showing unfavourable rates for admission for venereal disease for British Army compared with Continental Armies. Prepared for presentation at the Federation's Conference, Brussels, Jul 1897.

Returns arranged as follows-

* UK, includes question forms sent out to English correspondents and HJ Wilson's notes for speech at Brussels Conference (speech reported with minor variations, The Shield Aug 1897) Continental Correspondents - question forms, correspondence in general terms, in particular with H Minod of the Federation; then detailed findings, includes correspondence in specific terms, under Belgium, Denmark, etc. Foolscap tables summarising findings begin each national section, except in cases of Germany, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

* Nevins, J Birkbeck, MD, Has `Réglementation' (Contagious Diseases Acts) Proved to be a Sanitary Benefit to the European or Indian Armies, so to call for its Maintenance or its Re-enactment? (etc). (Address before the International Federation for the Abolition of State Regulation of Prostitution, Sep 1896, Berne, Switzerland, Third Edition, 1897, 36pp).

* (Loose) Morning Post, Sat 15 May 1897 - used as a wrapper for answers to questionnaires.