The content consists of material relating to Major Keith Grimble Groves’ intelligence work in the First World War (The Trial of the Tarabulsi Brothers for War Treason and The Story of the Hejaz Gold), war diary extracts from Salonika and Palestine (original volume included), service papers, miscellaneous photographs/postcards relating to military service and Army Books. Other material relates to Major Groves’ Second World War activities such as the Isle of Man Military Service Local Tribunal, National Service Tribunals, the Local Defence Volunteers and the Manx Home Guard.
Documents, booklets and pamphlets relating to the Groves family (and extended family) history are present; including information on the material family of Groves’ grandmother (Martha Marsland née Briercliffe). Correspondence from (extended) family members, a banking book belonging to James Grimble Groves (The Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company Limited), newspaper articles/cuttings and orders of services relating to family members are also located within the deposit. Files documenting the transfer of land at the Maughold Brooghs from the Groves family to the Manx National Trust are included. Other material includes a diary of Anna Eva Groves from her trip to the United States of America (1892) and a diary entitled ‘Britannia ruled the waves: A Tour of the World in 1912’, relating to the seven months Keith G. Groves spent travelling (visiting Africa, India, China, Japan and Canada).
Papers relating to the death of Louis Grimble Groves are included, such as his last letter to his father, a condolence letter from King George VI (1895-1952), Louis’ birth certificate and numerous newspaper cuttings relating to the accident. Documentation relating to the Ramsey Steamship Company and the brewery Groves and Whitnall are also present. Further material includes a driving licence for Dorothy Groves (1921), an immigration pass to travel to Rhodesia (1964), a National Registration Identity Card (1945), an Isle of Man Travel Permit Card for Great Britain, Éire and Northern Ireland (1939) and a cheque book from The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank Limited (Martins Bank Limited Ramsey IOM Branch).