Private Papers of Air Marshal S C Strafford CB CBE DFC
Ms pocket diaries for 1914, 1917, 1918, and 1920 - 1966, recording his career with the RNAS and RAF, including: service with 6th Wing RNAS and No 224 Squadron RAF, Italy and Albania, March - December 1918; HMS PEGASUS, the Mediterranean and Black Sea, 1919 - 1922; No 6 Squadron RAF, Ismailia, Egypt, 1930 - 1931; HQ, Palestine and Transjordan, Jerusalem, 1931 - 1934; Officer Commanding Advanced Operational HQ (North) British Air Forces in France, 1939 - 1940; Air Staff, Plans and Operations, Joint Staff, Anti-Invasion HQ, Home Forces, 1940; Deputy Director of Plans, Air Ministry, 1940 - 1941; Head British Air Planner, Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, 1941 - 1942; Combined Planning Staff, COSSAC, 1943; Chief of Operations and Plans, Advanced HQ, Allied Expeditionary Air Force, 1944; AOA, Middle East, 1944 - 1945; AOC, Iraq and Persia, 1946 - 1947; SASO, HQ Bomber Command, 1947 - 1950; Commandant General, RAF Regiment, 1950 - 1952; Inspector General of the RAF, 1952 - 1954. Also included are 5 ms training notebooks, 1915 - 1922; 2 Pilot's Flying Log Books, July 1920 - May 1934 (46pp) and October 1934 - July 1961 (89pp); Confidential Reports, December 1919 - September 1948; Certificate on leaving HMS WORCESTER, Thames Nautical Training College, London, April 1917; ts newsletter, "The Peg", HMS PEGASUS, March 1920; 3 ms letters (38pp, ts transcription 7pp) to his mother, HMS PEGASUS, March - May 1920, describing the evacuation of General Denikin's' White Army from the Crimea; 8 ms letters (19pp) from a girl-friend, June 1920 - July 1923, describing life in the Soviet Union; ms diary (12pp) of a train journey to Constantinople, June 1927, referring to his service in Italy, 1918; a permit to cross the restricted zone, National Defence Ministry, Paris, July 1938; ms office diaries, April - June 1942, January - May 1943, October 1950 - December 1952; miscellaneous ts documents (33pp), December 1938 - April 1954; various papers relating to the Middle East, July 1932 - January 1955, notably The Sheikdom of Mohammerah, A Short History (ts, 15pp), signed Wing Commander D A Fraser, Combined Intelligence Central Iraq, September 1946, a letter (1p) from Lord Louis Mountbatten thanking him for hosting a visit to Baghdad in 1946, a background file (184pp) on the Middle East issued to AOA, Iraq and Persia, ?1946, and a ts letter (1p) from the Royal Iraqi Air Force, Ministry of Defence, Baghdad, Iraq, March 1954; and 5 albums of official photographs, ca. 1942 - 1953.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.