Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Territorial Army

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Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Territorial Army

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Territorial Army

Date

1926-33

Reference

MANN 18/10

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Item

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Letters to James Mann from various ex-officers with whom he had served during World War One. JGM seems to have continued a member of the Territorial Army/Oxfordshire Yeomanry Artillery Battery and to have served for a while as liaison officer for the battery association, Packet labelled in JGM's handwriting: 'Drummond, Stockton, Muirhead, Conlin, Coad, Chute',

1926/1: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'Dear James' dated 24.2.26, from 9th Medium Battery RA, Muttra, U.P., India, describing his new station and plans for the next few months. Addressed to 'Captain J.G. Mann' at the Wallace Collection,
1927/2: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 11.3.27, from 18 Frere Road, Kirkee, Deccan, India, thanking for letter and giving news,
1928/3: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 6th October 1928, from Balasore, Orissa, thanking for letter and giving news,
1930/4: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 4.xii, 1930, from Army Headquarters, India, Master General of the Ordnance Branch, sending Christmas wishes and giving news,
1932/5: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 26 June 1932, from SS Ranchi, announcing the death of his wife and his own return to England with his children,
1933/6: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 31.3.33, from 5 Dial Square, Arsenal, Woolwich, giving news,
1933/7: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 7.4.33, apologising for not saying 'goodnight to my host' and offering a lift to camp,
1933/8: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 13.4.33, discussing dates for camp in June,
1933/9: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 19.4.33, apologising over confusion over dates,
1934/10: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 26.5.34, from 5 Dial Square, thanking for congratulations,
1934/11: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 11.6.34, asking, in reply to query, for pillow cases as wedding present, 1934/12: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 15 July 1934 from Indian Rifle Team, Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Surrey, thanking for 'box of pillow cases' and describing weather at the Bisley meeting: 'were completely washed out by a thunderstorm on Friday last, during which I had to shoot!,
1935/13: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 24.4.35 from 3 Jleel Road, Cossipore, Bengal, apologising for not having said good bye before return to India and giving news.,
1937/14: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 25.5.37, apologising for not writing and announcing that they hope to come home on leave 'next February',
1937/15: Letter from Cyril Drummond to 'My dear James' dated 1 December sending Christmas wishes and congratulations on the keepership of the Wallace Collection,
[1927]/16: Letter from John Stockton to 'My dear Mann' undated, but with envelope postmarked 11 Ap. 27, from Lane Close, Horley, thanking for lunch and for taking so much interest in 'the picture'. 'A great friend of ours... had shown Lawrence Haward, curator of the Manchester Art Gallery the photo... & he feels absolutely certain it is a Van Dyke & wants to come down and see it, so we want to fetch it home shortly...',
[1927]/17: Letter from John Stockton to 'My dear Mann' undated, but with envelope postmarked 27 Ap.27, thanking for all you and your wife have done for the Picture,
1933/18: Letter from John Stockton to 'My dear Mann', dated July 10th and with stamped date 13 Jul 1933, thanking for 'the Villages of England'... It was nice seeing you again & do so wish you were still in the Battery'. 'I love the Frontispiece in Wickham's book and so delighted to see Horley before it was spoil by the Ironstone. I remember it well when it had a ford instead of the bridge now spoiling its ruralness... ',
[1927]/19: Letter from A/M [? Antony Muirhead] to 'Dear James', dated Sept. 17 [?1927 from reference to 'the infant's christening'] from the British Legation, Riga, Latvia, describing a journey through E. Prussia, Finland, Estonia and intending to go on to Lithuania and Poland: 'a v. good trip so far but unfortunately W.O. & F.O. re full of wind about the political situation in these parts & have clipped even my harmless wings',
[1928]/20: Letter from A/M to 'Dear James', dated March 18, from Haseley Court, Wallingford: 'As you know the question of command of the Banbury Battery is a hardy annual... Have you any objection to anyone being brought in to command who can conveniently give more time to the business than you possibly can or do you want to command it in rank as well as practice yourself?',
1928/20a: Draft letter from JGM to 'My dear Anthony' [on black edged paper] dated 21 Mar. 1928, discussing the command of the Banbury battery: 1. Would welcome the appointment of a Major to command the battery 'provided he is a local resident able to run the show under his eye & have sufficient influence in the neighbourhood to get recruits.' 2. Should object to another non-resident: 'Having borne the labour & sorrow of the job for over 4 years and being a gunner of a fairly long service I would feel I ought to have the rank & pay in default of a better man. As no one had been found for so long, I had begun to feel justified in qualifying for promotion...' Has already suggested Lord Bearsted.',
[1928]/21: Letter from A/M to 'Dear James', dated 22 March, thanking for letter giving point of view 'which is reasonable and magnanimous',
[1929]/22: Letter from A/M to 'Dear James', dated June 4 [with envelope postmarked 4 Ju 29], thanking for heartening messages,
1931/23: Letter from A/M to 'Dear James' on House of Commons paper, thanking for wire of congratulations: 'I was glad to get the contest over satisfactorily.' [Note in JGM's hand: 'General Election 1931'],
1929/24: Letter from J. Francis Conlin to 'My dear Mann', dated 20th August, 1929, from Wellington House, Bridlington, announcing his return from India, and suggesting a reunion,
1929/5: Letter from J. Francis Conlin to 'My dear Mann', dated 21.8.29, thanking for prompt reply and accepting an invitation to dinner on 28th or 29th,
[? 1929]/26: Letter from J. Francis Conlin to 'My dear J.F.', undated but sending Christmas good wishes from Port Blair, Andamans,
1931/27: Letter from J. Francis Conlin to 'My dear Mann', dated 20th May, 1931, from Banahauki, Oudh, India, thanking for Christmas card which had just arrived and commenting on the political situation in India: 'Things in this country are about as bad as they can be - the milk and watery mentality of Irwin, imbued with Labour folly, has played straight into the hands of Ghandi, who is a most artful dodger...',
1929/28: Letter from S. Coad, to 'Dear Mann', dated 10.1.29, from Les Sapins, Leysin, Suisse, thanking for card and news: 'Were you disappointed not to have a son?...',
1929/29: Letter from S. Coad, to 'Dear Mann', dated 8.8.29, thanking for letter and sympathising with loss of infant daughter, giving news of his health and discussing old regimental news,
1930/30: Letter from S. Coad, to 'Dear Mann', dated 3.8.30, from 'Hawkadon', Coombe Dingle, Nr. Bristol, announcing his return to England and discussing i.a. war books: 'Have you read an autobiography by an old Carthusian, Graves his name is. I read it the other day; 'Good Bye to all That' is the title...',
1931/31: Letter from S. Coad, to 'Dear Mann', dated 19.3.31, from Beechfield, Coombe Dingle, Near Bristol, apologising for not replying to 'your letter last autumn'. General news and political discussion: 'It seems to be war to the knife & no prisoners taken in this feud between Rothermere & Co. & Baldwin',
1933/32: Letter from S. Coad, to 'Dear Mann', dated 18th Jan, 1933, thanking for card and congratulating on move to the Courtauld Institute,
1931/33: Letter from A.W. Chute to 'My dear Mann', dated May 23 1931, from Highfield Vicarage, Southampton, thanking for letter and regretting his inability to attend the Divisional Dinner: 'frankly it is not an easy thing to manage, when living at a distance...'

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1 folder

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Creator(s) Sir James G. Mann

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