Private Papers of Lieutenant R S Smylie

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  • Documents.8175
Subject period
  • File: Weight 4 kg
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Catalogue date 1985-12

History note

Cataloguer RWAS

Content description

Two notebooks containing a few field messages written in November 1915 and some pencil sketches and impressive ms poems (including a very poignant one written to his three children) that he composed during his service in the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (9th Brigade, later 8th Brigade, 3rd Division) on the Western Front (November 1915 - July 1916), together with a good group of 5 ms letters of condolence sent to his widow by fellow officers and men following his death in action on 14 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, a battle damaged wallet containing photographs of his wife and children and a copy of MARCH ON IN FIRM ENDEAVOUR, a printed record of the 1914-18 War Fallen of Sudbury Grammar School in Suffolk.

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