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HAMILTON, Gen Sir Ian Standish Monteith (1853-1947)

Drafts, notes, and biographical sources relating to Hamilton's WHEN I WAS A BOY (Faber and Faber, London, 1939), LISTENING FOR THE DRUMS (Faber and Faber, London, 1944), and other memoirs, 1829-1946

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HAMILTON: 15/3/1

1829 Aug 24-1931 Dec 3

Correspondence reprinted in Hamilton's When I was a boy (Faber and Faber, London, 1939), pp 202, 299 and Listening for the drums (Faber and Faber, London, 1944), pp147, 151, comprising letter from Standish Prendergast Vereker, 4th Viscount Gort, congratulating Hamilton on his army examination, 17 Aug 1870; from Elizabeth Mary Vereker, Viscountess Gort, thanking Hamilton for a present of salmon, 1873; invitation to dine with the royal household at Osborne, Isle of Wight, 22 Aug 1881; from his brother Vereker Monteith Hamilton to their father Christian Monteith Hamilton, on Hamilton's promotion to captain, 21 Apr and 26 May 1882. With letter from his cousin John Hamilton, 3 Dec 1931, enclosing letter from Hamilton's grandfather John George Hamilton to his son Christian Monteith Hamilton, a student at Rugby School, 24 Aug 1829 (not published in his memoirs). 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/2

[1858-1869]

Photographs of Hamilton's aunt, the Hon Emily Henrietta Vereker, and her husband John Francis Bassett, of Tehidy Park, Cornwall. 2 photographs


HAMILTON: 15/3/3

[1887-1946]

Papers relating to Hamilton's memoirs, including rough manuscript notes for When I was a boy (Faber and Faber, London, 1939) and Listening for the drums (Faber and Faber, London, 1944); typescript of 'Looking backwards', BBC radio broadcast by Hamilton, 25 Mar 1930, with published article by Hamilton 'Looking backwards-fifty years a Gay Gordon' based on his broadcast, The Listener, 2 Apr 1930; 'The sequel to a talk, how listeners answered back all over the country', article by Hamilton on reaction to his broadcast, The Listener, 23 Apr 1930. With edition of The Graphic, 9 Apr 1887, containing illustration of Gen Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, Commander in Chief, India, and his staff at Calcutta on 12 Feb 1887; tour circular for itinerary of the British Legion Metropolitan Area visit to Germany, 30 Jul-7 Aug 1938. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/4

1901 Feb 4

Edition of The Times reporting the funeral of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. 20pp


HAMILTON: 15/3/5

1908 Jan 16

Newspaper cutting from the Pall Mall Gazette with biographical article on Hamilton, celebrating his fifty fifth birthday, mounted on card with badges of the Gordon Highlanders and Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. 1 item


HAMILTON: 15/3/6

1923

Typescript of 'General Sir Ian Hamilton', biographical article by a British Legionary (name not supplied). 8pp


HAMILTON: 15/3/7

[1923]

Typescript of Hamilton's biographical entry in The Victoria Cross and Distinguished Service Order by Gen Sir O'Moore Creagh and Edith M Humphris, 3 vols (Standard Art Book Co, London, 1924). 16pp


HAMILTON: 15/3/8

[1925-1939]

Typescript sections and manuscript notes by Hamilton for When I was a boy (Faber and Faber, London, 1939). With 'Our prince in Vienna', typescript poem by Hamilton, 25 Dec 1936, on the abdication of Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and 'Europe! where goest thou', typescript article by Hamilton, consequently rewritten as 'Hindenburg-the portent', The Sunday Express, 19 Apr 1925, proposing a moderation of the British perception of German FM Paul Ludwig Hans von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/9

1930 Apr 1-1939 Jul 29

Correspondence relating to Hamilton's BBC radio broadcast 'Looking backwards' on 25 Mar 1930, his memoirs of childhood, serialised in The Bulletin,9-28 Sep, and the publication of his When I was a boy (Faber and Faber, London, 1939), including from Zabé Manners, on her visit in 1894 to his childhood home, Hafton House, Dunoon, Argyll, 25 Mar 1930; from his brother Vereker Monteith Hamilton, on his memories of life at Hafton and the lineage of their Bogle family ancestors, 4 Jan and 2 Feb 1931; from F J Donald, 14 Oct 1931, enclosing article on the death of Vereker, The Glasgow Herald, 13 Oct 1931; from Thomas Young, on memories of his mother who was a housemaid at Hafton, 29 Nov 1937; from Harry R Hudson, 4 Jul 1939, and Gertrude M Vickwell, on Hamilton's reference to Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bt, in When I was a boy. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/10

1930 Nov 1-1940 Jan 29

Correspondence filed by Hamilton as potential sources for his reminiscences, including with Margery Street, regarding description by 2nd Lt M R L Dowling, 4 Bn Australian Infantry, of a parade before Hamilton at Alexandria, Egypt on 29 Mar 1915; with R Adm Arthur H Smith-Dorrien, regarding the birthday motto of his brother Gen Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien; with F D Bone, regarding the introduction of the 'Brodrick' cap into the British Army in 1902; with Edward Denny, regarding his experiences serving under Hamilton during the Boer War; with Maj A King, Canadian Staff Officer, regarding Hamilton's tour of Canada in 1913 as Inspector General of Overseas Forces; letter from Hilda M [Bannerjeer] describing an alleged Jewish conspiracy to bring about war in Europe. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/11

1931-1944

Rough manuscript and typescripts notes made by Hamilton as sources for his reminiscences, including notes on his childhood; the Dardanelles Expedition and anecdotes of encounters with friends and acquaintances. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/12

[1934-1939]

Typescript sections of When I was a boy by Hamilton (Faber and Faber, London, 1939). 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/13

[1935-1946]

Typescript copies of 'Boy into man: a memory of 1863', autobiographical article by Hamilton on his childhood journey from Hafton House, Dunoon, Argyll, to Cheam School, Surrey (unpublished). 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/14

[1935-1946]

Typescripts with manuscript notes by Hamilton for the third volume of his memoirs (unpublished), comprising synopsis of chapters, and sections covering 1899-1904, including the Battle of Elandslaagte, Boer War, 21 Oct 1899, and his appointment as attaché to the Japanese Army, 1904. With typescript account of the Battle of Elandslaagte by Sgt-Maj G Olden, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, 28 Feb 1902. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/15

[1935-1946]

Typescript sections of chapters for the third volume of Hamilton's memoirs (unpublished), comprising 'Heroic apparitions', on the respective military capabilities of commanders of World War One, including FM Edmund (Henry Hynman) Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, FM John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, FM Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, 1st Bt, FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome; Hamilton's interview with German Gen Friedrich Wilhelm Erich Ludendorff, near Munich, Germany, 20 Apr 1922; his meeting with German President FM Paul Ludwig Hans von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg in Berlin, Germany, on 31 Jan 1934 and on his meeting with Hitler at Berchtesgaden, Germany, Aug 1938. 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/16

1936 Sep 28-1937 Jan 10

Correspondence between Hamilton and Frank W Brookman, artist, regarding the injury to Hamilton's left wrist received at the Battle of Majuba Hill, First Boer War, 1881, and Hamilton's subsequent treatment by Dr D Blair Brown and Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister. 1 file, 13 letters. With copy of Brown's notes on Hamilton's case (with sketches of Hamilton's wrist by Brookman) from Brown's book of 1882, Surgical experiences in the Zulu and Transvaal wars (no publication details). 10pp


HAMILTON: 15/3/17

1937 Sep 9-28

Newspaper cuttings of Hamilton's memoirs of childhood, serialised in fifteen articles in The Bulletin, consequently published as When I was a boy (Faber and Faber, London, 1939). 1 file


HAMILTON: 15/3/18

1937,1939

Photographs of Hamilton as a boy, his Aunt Camilla Hamilton, his childhood home Hafton House, Dunoon, Argyll, and his first love Anna Rodewald (some used for articles serialising his memoirs in The Bulletin, 9-28 Sep 1937). With proofs of the illustrations for his When I was a boy (Faber and Faber, London, 1939). 1 file, 15 photographs

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