Private Papers of Field Marshal Sir John French OM KP KCMG GCB GCVO DCL LLD

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Catalogue number
  • Documents.7813
Subject period
private papers

Content description

Extensive and important collection of papers relating to his career, comprising: ms diaries covering the years 1899 - 1921 (military commands during the Boer War, 1899 - 1902, Commander-in-Chief, BEF France and Flanders 1914 - 1915, C-in-C Home Forces 1916 - 1918, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1918 - 1921); official and semi-official correspondence with numerous eminent contemporaries, mainly during or around the First World War, including Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Esher and Lord Kitchener; private correspondence to his mistress Winifred Bennett, 1915; official papers and correspondence pertaining to his command of the BEF on the Western Front, 1914 - 1915, and the Lord Lieutenancy of Ireland, 1918 - 1921; papers relating to the Curragh affair of March 1914; correspondence with Walter Long (Viscount Long) concerning Irish affairs, 1918 - 1920; correspondence concerning Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Shaw, 1920; his son's unpublished typescript `The Last of the Cavalry Wars' (about the Boer War of 1899 - 1902); correspondence concerning his son, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gerald French; and other miscellaneous papers.

History note

Cataloguer SWW


Catalogue date 1998

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