Collection of papers spanning his service with the RFC and RAF between 1916 and 1955 covering both world wars and including diaries kept while serving with No 65 Squadron RFC in France in 1917 - 1918, with No 20 Squadron RAF in India in 1920 and with No 28 Squadron RAF in India in 1921 - 1922, recounting his experiences in both areas; beginning in France with his arrival at La Lovie aerodrome in 1917, patrols and encounters with the enemy, squadron casualties, impressions of the Western Front with mention of Passchendaele, and comments on off duty activities until his wounding on 6 April 1918 and return to the UK; the 1920 to 1922 diaries written in India mention bombing raids, parades, gunnery and bombing practice, flying duties and the extreme heat. From 1923 until 1927 he was in the UK instructing at the RAF Cadet College Cranwell (where he was promoted Flight Lieutenant in July 1925), and then from 1927 to 1929 he was at RAF Calshot before attending the RAF Staff College in 1930 and going to the RAF Headquarters Far East in 1931. Also included are five flying logbooks dated between 1923 and 1955 covering both flights made by himself and those of his students as well as three volumes of ms letters (275pp) with ts transcription (143pp). An edited version of his diaries and letters has been published by his grandson Christopher Burgess under the title THE DIARY AND LETTERS OF A WORLD WAR I FIGHTER PILOT (Pen & Sword, 2008).
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.