Private Papers of Brigadier G R P Roupell VC CB DL
Microfilm copy of: a ts daily account (88pp) recording his service with the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment (14th Brigade, 5th Division) on the Western Front, August 1914 - April 1915 and September - October 1915, including involvement in the Battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, La Bassee and the capture of Lorgies, and describing the action on Hill 60 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres where he was wounded and for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross; a diary (19pp) for November 1915 - January 1917 detailing his return after leave to Maricourt, his time as an Instructor at the 5th Division School before rejoining his Battalion at Arras, his appointment as GSO3 to the 17th Army Corps at Aubigny, and as Brigade Major to the 105th Infantry Brigade (35th Division); a ts account (10pp) of his voyage in October 1916 across the English Channel to the United Kingdom on the SS QUEEN from which he escaped in a lifeboat after the ship was captured by Germans and then blown up; a ts account (6pp) detailing his appointment as GSO2 in the 9th Division serving to the east of Chemin des Dames (1918); a ts resume (5pp) of the last stages of the war and demobilisation; a ts account (9pp), written for his grandson ca 1970, in which he describes the layout and building of the trenches, a soldier's daily life under trench warfare conditions, and provides sketches of the design of trenches; an account of his time in North Russia beginning at Oberzerskaia on the Railway Front, with a ts account (24pp) of his prison life in Moscow and a ts transcription of the diary (32pp) kept while a prisoner of war (August 1919 - March 1920); and a ts account (143pp) of his experiences in France during the Second World War in command of the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment, and then as GSO1 to the 36th Infantry Brigade (44th Home Counties Division), describing their attempts to protect Doullens from attack and their retreat including his escape from France over the Spanish border assisted by the underground.
This microfilm reel is labelled as a duplicate negative reading copy
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.