Private Papers of Lieutenant General Sir Noel Mason-MacFarlane KCB DSO
Ts account (90pp) based on the Battalion War Diary and his letters home, written by Colonel David Mason-MacFarlane CMG TD, father of Sir Noel, describing his command of the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, February 1913 - March 1915, including their involvement in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle; together with an ms diary recording his service with the 44th Battery, 13th Brigade RFA and his voyage to France and Mesopotamia where he served with the Kut Relief Force, November 1915 - February 1916; two ms letter books covering his service in Mesopotamia, February - May 1916; ms diary covering his service with 149th Brigade RFA (30th Division) during the German offensive on the Western Front, March - April 1918; together with miscellaneous correspondence, letters, engagement books, articles, press cuttings and photographs relating to his career during 1937 - 1953, including letters from Marshal Badoglio, Prime Minister of the Italian Government in the South, 1943 - 1944, and drafts of articles on the BEF in France in 1940, the importance of Gibraltar and Tangier and the post-war world.
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.