Lieut Frank Mason had made a number of sketches during his service in the Suez Canal and was brought to the attention of the War Museum by Walter Runciman, MP.
There then followed lengthy discussions and correspondence between Yockney, Commander Walcott at the Admiralty, and Mason, and various authorities. Lists of proposed works are at (34)-(38) and (48)-(51) in Part 2.
In May 1918 he was commissioned to paint two large canvasses of the Suez operations, but it took well over a year for these to be completed. In early 1919 he was sent to Malta to record operations there.
Items (46)-(48) in part 2 are lists of pictures of Suez and Malta; (60) is Yockney's notes of the works in which he is interested, including agreed prices.
Three large oils were finally sent to the Museum in November 1919: IWM:ART 2613-5.
There are also papers relating to further acquisitions: IWM:ART 2821, 2829-2844 (a series of drawings of Malta) 3065, and 3103-3135 (Malta and Dardanelles drawings).
The remainder of the file relates to enquiries, further particulars of the subjects of the works, copyright assignations (1929) and requests for loans and reproductions.