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

Papers relating to service as General Officer Commanding Mediterranean Command and Inspector General of Overseas Forces, 1910-1914

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HAMILTON: 5/1/1-96 Correspondence, 1910-1914


HAMILTON: 5/1/1

[1910] Feb 6-1911 Jan 5

Two letters from German Col Balck, requesting details of Hamilton's career, and enclosing two copies of his biographical article, 'General Sir Ian Hamilton', offprints in German from Mitllers Militär Almanach, 1910. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/2

1910 May 16-1914 Jul 21

Receipts for goods and services rendered to Hamilton, including Income Tax, House Duty, rent and rates for 6 Seamore Place, and 25 South Bruton Mews, London; uniforms and clothing; saddlery and livery; books and magazine subscriptions, and for his donations to charitable institutions. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/3

1910 Jun 24-1910 Jun 26

Correspondence between Hamilton and Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding Gibraltar, and Gen Sir Henry Macleod Rundle, General Officer Commanding Malta, regarding Hamilton's appointment as General Officer Commanding Mediterranean Command. 1 file, 4 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/4

1910 Jun 27-1910 Oct 15

Various letters, comprising from R Adm Sir Charles Langdale Ottley, Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence, notifying Hamilton of his appointment to committee membership, 27 Jun 1910; from Lt Gen Sir Arthur Singleton Wynne, Secretary Selection Board, War Office, regarding the appeal of Brig Gen Francis Waldron against his non selection as Major General, 10 Aug 1910; from Rev Alexander Robertson, enclosing his The papal conquest, Italy's warning "Wake up John Bull!" (Morgan and Scott, London, 1909), 15 Oct. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/5

1910 Jul 22-1917 Jan 29

Correspondence with Henry Roland Murray Bourne, acting Under Secretary of the Interior, Union of South Africa, mainly relating to Bourne's work with Jan Christiaan Smuts, South African Minister of Defence; the future status of South Africa within the British Empire; deficiencies of the existing system of South African national defence, and implications for South Africa of the creation of the Imperial General Staff. 1 file, 7 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/6

1910 Aug 29-1915 Feb 27

Correspondence between Hamilton and his niece Janet Christina Monteith Hamilton, including letter from Hamilton on his stay with the Romanian Royal Family, 29 Aug 1910. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/7

1910 Oct 8-1911 Feb 27

Papers relating to British and French field artillery fire tactics, comprising newspaper article 'The French Army manoeuvres-artillery questions' by Lt Col Charles à Court Repington, The Times, 8 Oct 1910; correspondence between Hamilton, Repington and and Maj Hugh Archie Dundas Simpson Baikie, Hamilton's Staff Officer, regarding Repington's article, 27 Oct 1910-16 Nov 1910; typescript paper by Hamilton upon artillery tactics for a War Office conference on British and French artillery fire systems under the chairmanship of Brig Gen Walter Fullarton Lodovic Lindsay; 'British and French Quick Firing Field Artillery' by Maj Charles Edward Dutton Budworth, offprint of article from The Journal of the Royal Artillery vol 37 no 9, Dec 1910. With letter from Hamilton to Repington regarding German tactics of encirclement, 27 Feb 1911. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/8

1910 Oct 30

Letter sent by Hamilton to (Robert) Erskine Childers complimenting Childers on his War and the arme blanche (Edward Arnold, London, 1910), recalling the unsuccessful British cavalry charge at Zand River on 10 May 1900 during the Second Boer War, and criticising the British cavalry training regulations of 1907. 8pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/9

1910 Nov-1911 Jan 24

Correspondence with Gen Sir William Gustavus Nicholson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and Brevet Lt Col Sir Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby, Assistant Private Secretary to George V, King of Great Britain and Ireland, relating to granting of permission for Hamilton to wear the German Order of the Red Eagle and the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure. 1 file, 6 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/10

1910 Nov 16-1911 Mar 23

Correspondence relating to the dismissal of Lt Col Berkeley Vincent as instructor (General Staff Officer 2) at the Staff College, Quetta, India, comprising copies of report by Lt Gen Sir Douglas Haig, Chief of the General Staff India, to Gen Sir O'Moore Creagh, Commander-in-Chief India, recommending Vincent be dismissed and rejoin his regiment due to deficient knowledge of cavalry tactics, 16 Nov 1910; letter from Vincent to Brig Gen Thompson Capper, Commandant Staff College, Quetta, defending scope of his tactical knowledge, 1 Jan 1911; letter from Col Sir Edward Willis Duncan Ward, Permanent Under Secretary of the War Office, defending Haig's decision, 9 Mar 1911; letter from Vincent to Ward, asking that his case be judged by placed before George V, King of Great Britain and Ireland, 15 Mar 1911; correspondence between Vincent and Hamilton, regarding placing his case before the King and Gen Sir William Gustavus Nicholson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 16 and 23 Mar 1911. 1 file, 6 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/11

1910 Nov 26-1914 Jul 20

Correspondence between Hamilton and Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane of Cloan, Secretary of State for War and subsequently Lord Chancellor, mainly relating to progress of Hamilton's work as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, and the reaction to Hamilton's Compulsory service, a study of the question in the light of experience (John Murray, London, 1910, 1911), and including Hamilton's interview with FM Sir John Denton Pinkstone French, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, declining the offer of appointment as Commander-in-Chief India, 8 Aug 1913; Hamilton's proposal to make commissioned ranks in the British Army available to all social classes, 6 Apr 1914. 1 file, 39 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/12

1911 Jan 4-1911 Dec 5

Correspondence with charitable and philanthropic bodies, including the Malta Local Temperance Committee, regarding publication of a speech by Hamilton at the Valletta Gymnasium, promoting temperance within the army; the Imperial Veterans' Association of Canada; the Soldier's Christian Association; the Gaelic Society of London; the Wellington College Mission. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/13

1911 Jan 12-1911 Oct 15

Letters sent by Hamilton to his wife Jean Miller Hamilton, mainly relating to his tour of South Africa and Rhodesia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including his justification for inviting Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane, Secretary of State for War, to write the preface for Hamilton's Compulsory service, a study of the question in the light of experience (John Murray, London, 1910, 1911), 20 Apr; the success of his tour despite the initial reticence of Gen Paul Sandford Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen, Governor of Natal, 30 Sep. 1 file, 11 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/14

1911 Mar 18-1911 Apr 15

Papers relating to purchase and presentation of a challenge cup by Hamilton for an artillery shooting competition between batteries of the Egyptian Artillery, including letters from Lt Col Archibald Crawford, Commandant of Egyptian Artillery and Capt Alfred Bryan Bethell, Egyptian Artillery, to Maj William Robarts Napier Madocks, Hamilton's Military Secretary, with their thanks. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/15

1911 Mar 28-1911 Apr 2

Questions militaires Anglaises by Swiss Col Camille Favre (Journal de Genève, Geneva, 1911) 28pp, relating to changes in the British Army effected by Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane of Cloan, Secretary of State for War. With associated correspondence between Hamilton and Favre regarding the booklet.


HAMILTON: 5/1/16

1911 Apr 12-1911 May 18,1942 Nov 28

Correspondence between Hamilton and Arthur J Arnold, relating to Hamilton's purchase from Arnold of two letters written by FM Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar, Waterford and Pretoria, as Commander-in-Chief South Africa, to Hamilton on 14 and 15 Sep 1900. With letter from Roberts' daughter Lady Aileen Mary Roberts, urging Hamilton to purchase the letters, 16 May 1911, and letter from Aileen to Hamilton's niece, Janet Christina Monteith Leeper, recalling an incident at Ootacamund, India, during the 1880s when Hamilton and her mother, Nora Henrietta Roberts, lost their kit bags on a train journey, 28 Nov 1942. 1 file, 5 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/17

1911 Apr 14-1914 May 23

Letter sent by Hamilton to Lt Col Rt Hon John Edward Bernard Seely MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary, and subsequently Secretary of State for War, mainly relating to Hamilton's tour of the West Indies, the Far East, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, and including Hamilton's recommendations for schemes by which suitable candidates in the ranks of the British Army might obtain commissions as officers, 27 Aug 1912; amphibious exercises at Malta, 31 Mar 1913; Hamilton's desire to continue as Inspector General of Overseas Forces rather than be appointed Commander-in-Chief India, 30 Sep 1913; Hamilton's proposals for a new post of Imperial Inspector General, for the inspection of Imperial Citizen forces and British Territorial forces, 6 Dec 1913; Hamilton's suggestions for economies in colonial defence expenditure, 9 Jan 1914; the deficiencies of the defences of Alexandria, Egypt, 13 Jan 1914; on Seely's resignation following the Curragh Incident, 29 Mar 1914. 1 file, 30 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/18

1911 Apr 15-1914 Jul 14

Letters sent by Hamilton to Lt Col Rt Hon Arthur John Bigge, 1st Baron Stamfordham, Private Secretary to George V, King of Great Britain and Ireland, mainly relating to Hamilton's tours of the West Indies, South Africa, the Far East, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, and including Hamilton's letter to the King, regarding inspections of troops undertaken at Toronto, 13 Jun 1913; Hamilton's inspection of Gibraltar, 21 Dec 1913; his inspection of troops under Maj Gen Hon Julian Hedworth George Byng at Cairo, Egypt, 12 Jan 1914; his appointment as an Aide-de-Camp General to the King, 14 Jul 1914. 1 file, 24 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/19

1911 Apr 15-1911 Sep 8

Letters sent by Hamilton to Rt Hon Lewis Harcourt MP, Secretary of State for the Colonies, relating to Hamilton's tour of the West Indies and South Africa as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/20

1911 May 1-1911 Sep 4

Letters sent by Hamilton to FM Sir William Gustavus Nicholson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, relating to Hamilton's tour of the West Indies and South Africa as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/21

1911 Aug 24-1911 Sep 8

Correspondence between Hamilton and Gen Paul Sandford Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen, Governor of Natal, including Hamilton's tour of Rhodesia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, 4 Sep. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/22

1911 May 1-1914 May 29

Correspondence between Hamilton and FM Sir John Denton Pinkstone French, Inspector General of the Forces and subsequently Chief of the Imperial General Staff, mainly relating to Hamilton's tours of the West Indies, South Africa, the Far East, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, and including Hamilton's recommendation for closer cooperation between the Army and Navy in the planning and execution of schemes of defence, 19 Feb 1913; joint amphibious exercises held at Malta, 19 Mar 1913; Hamilton's recommendation of Maj Gen Hon Julian Hedworth George Byng for a promotion, 12 Jan 1914; on French's resignation following the Curragh Incident, 29 Mar 1914. 1 file, 28 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/23

1911 May 23-1912 Jul 22

Correspondence between Hamilton and the Birmingham and Midland Institute, relating to his nomination as President of the Institute for 1912, and arrangements for his presidential address in Birmingham. 1 file, 14 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/24

1911 Jul 1-1911 Dec 23

Correspondence of Hamilton, mainly personal and semi-official, during his tour of the West Indies and South Africa as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including letter from R Adm Hon Alexander Edward Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence, regarding strategic implications of the Panama Canal, 1 Jul; from Hon Eustace (Edward) Fiennes MP, requesting Hamilton's help in gaining a commission for his son in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, 27 Jul; from Maj Frank Bourne, a former Quartermaster at the School of Musketry at Hythe, Kent, a former Colour Sergeant of The South Wales Borderers, and veteran of the battle of Rorke's Drift, Zulu War, Jan 1879, requesting Hamilton to assist his petition for a distinguished service reward for past military service, 17 Dec; correspondence with Col Hugh Montgomerie Sinclair, regarding Sinclair's failure to be promoted Major General, 27 Jul and 19 Aug; correspondence with Maj Gen Sir John Grenfell Maxwell, regarding Maxwell's request that his appointment as General Officer Commanding Egypt be extended, 7 and 14 Dec; printed annual report of 8 Bn The Royal Warwickshire Regt, 23 Dec 1911. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/25

1911 Nov 27-1912 Nov 8

Correspondence between Hamilton and Edward Augustus Arnold, publisher, regarding publication of a new one volume edition of Hamilton's A Staff Officer's scrap-book during the Russo-Japanese War (Edward Arnold, London, 2 vols, 1905 & 1907; 2nd ed 1912). 1 file, 14 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/26

1911 Dec 21-1912 Jul 9

Correspondence between Hamilton and the Royal Bank of Scotland, Trinidad Oilfields Ltd, the Canbricol Corporation Ltd, and Kerr Anderson and MacLeod of Glasgow, accountants, regarding Hamilton's financial investments. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/27

1912 Jan 10-1914 Jul 25

Correspondence mainly relating to publications sent to Hamilton, Hamilton's own publications, requests from editors for articles by Hamilton, and requests for photographs of Hamilton, including with Turkish Capt Mehmed Zeki, requesting article for La défense nationale, revue militaire Ottomane scientifique et technique; with Spanish artillery Captains Joaquin Izquierdo Croselles and Francisco A de Cienfuegos, submitting their book La zona sin alcance (Trubia, 1912); with Brig Gen Richard Cyril Byrne Haking, regarding his Company training (Hugh Rees, London, 1913); with Capt C F Atkinson, regarding his translation of The Japanese in Manchuria by Émile Louis Victor Cordonnier (Hugh Rees, London, 1914). 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/28

1912 Jan 16-1913 Jan 14

Correspondence between Hamilton and Col John Henry Verinder Crowe, General Staff Officer 1, India HQ, mainly relating to the appointment of Gen Sir Beauchamp Duff as Commander-in-Chief India. 1 file, 2 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/29

1912 Jan 28-1913 Nov 10

Correspondence with former soldiers (other ranks) and former employees, seeking Hamilton's help with references, financial assistance, pensions or future employment, including ex Pte Thomas Hickey, late 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) and 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys), a veteran of the Second Boer War; G H Lifton, ex Quartermaster Sgt, School of Musketry, Hythe, Kent; ex Sgt Maj P A Le Hay, late The Buffs (East Kent Rgt), a veteran of the Second Boer War. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/30

1912 Feb 17-1914 Jul 20

Correspondence relating to invitations to social engagements. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/31

1912 Mar 14-1912 Dec 25

Letters sent by Hamilton to his wife Jean Miller Hamilton, mainly relating to his tour of the Far East as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including a banquet given by FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome in honour of Hamilton in Cairo, Egypt, and the attack made by Adm Sir Charles William de la Poer Beresford MP in Parliament upon Hamilton's post, 26 Mar; his meeting Marshal Li Yuan-hung, Vice President of the Republic of China, 24 Oct. With 'Sir Ian Hamilton's visit', editorial from the Pinang Gazette on Hamilton's inspection of volunteer forces of the Federated Malay States, 2 Dec. 1 file, 23 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/32

1912 Mar 21,1913 Aug 14

Correspondence between Hamilton and Nora Henrietta Roberts, Countess Roberts, including her letter on the appointment of Lt Col Charles à Court Repington as editor of the Army Review. 1 file, 2 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/33

1912 Apr 1-1914 Jul 29

Correspondence with the War Office, mainly relating to petitions from officers for promotion or further military employment, including with Lt Gen Edward Cecil Bethune, Deputy Director General of Territorial Force, regarding promotion of Col Charles Herbert Philip Carter; with Maj Gen Sir (Cecil Frederick) Nevil Macready, Director of Personal Services, regarding size of administrative staff at Malta Command; With report from Lt Col Dudley Howard Rideout on increases in cost of living for officers and soldiers living in Singapore, 19 Dec 1912. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/34

1912 Apr 1-1914 Jul 31

Correspondence with active and retired officers, seeking Hamilton's help with promotion or further military employment, including Maj Gen Herbert Aveling Raitt; Brig Gen William Lewis White; Brig Gen Edward Sinclair May; Col George Vero Kemball; Col Charles Herbert Philip Carter; Col Reginald John Pinney; Col Arthur Long; Col George Hereward Cardew; Lt Col Walter R Ludlow; Lt Col Robert Davenport Vizard; Lt Col George Clifton Inglis Stockwell; Maj Cecil Charles Cavendish; Capt Louis James Lipsett; Lt Geoffrey Duval Hall; Col Benjamin Bloomfield Connolly, seeking nomination as Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath; Lt Col Guy Louis Busson du Maurier, seeking admission to the Atheneum Club. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/35

1912 Apr 10-1913 Aug 7

Correspondence between Hamilton and Lt Gen Sir (Francis) Reginald Wingate, Governor General of the Sudan, including Wingate's recommendation that climatic and economic factors would not permit Maltese immigrants to settle in the Sudan, 28 Feb 1913. With copy letter from Wingate to FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, the Vaal and Aspall, Consul General in Egypt, on the same subject, 28 Feb 1913. 1 file, 5 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/36

1912 Apr 12-1912 May 15

Correspondence between Hamilton and Gen Rt Hon Sir Neville Gerald Lyttelton, and Maj Gen John Spencer Ewart, Adjutant General, relating to the appeal of Brig Gen Francis Charles Carter against the decision of the Army Selection Board not to promote Carter Major General. With letter from Hamilton to Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane of Cloan, Secretary of State for War, on the same subject. 1 file, 5 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/37

1912 Apr 23-1914 Jul 27

Hamilton's personal financial correspondence, mainly relating to his bank accounts, shares and investments, including correspondence with his brothers-in-law Sir (Alexander) Kay Muir, 2nd Bt, and James Finlay Muir on financial matters. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/38

1912 Apr 27-1914 Sep 12

Correspondence between Hamilton and Maj Hugh Archie Dundas Simpson Baikie, formerly Hamilton's Staff Officer, mainly relating to Baikie's current regimental service in South Africa with A Battery (The Chestnut Troop), Royal Horse Artillery, and his prospects of leaving India following the outbreak of World War One. 1 file, 8 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/39

1912 May 5-1912 Jun 20

Letter received by Hamilton from Maj Gen Sir John Grenfell Maxwell, General Officer Commanding Egypt, regarding strategic importance of the Egyptian garrison for defending India and resisting Italian expansion in North Africa, 5 May; correspondence with Maj Gen Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, regarding Townshend's desire to succeed Maxwell as General Officer Commanding Egypt. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/40

1912 May 13

Letter sent by Brig Gen Gerald Francis Ellison, Hamilton's staff officer, to Maj Gen Frederick Thomas Clayton, Maj Gen in charge of Administration South Africa, regarding South African administrative issues to be brought to the notice of Lt Gen Sir Herbert Scott Miles, Quarter Master General, during Miles' forthcoming visit. 4pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/41

1912 May 29-1915 Jan 22

Correspondence relating to the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, including letter from Nina Benita Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton, regarding failure of her cousin Maj Angus Falconer Douglas-Hamilton to be promoted; letter from Hon Eustace (Edward) Fiennes MP, requesting Hamilton's help in gaining a commission for his son John in the regiment; correspondence regarding the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Association and regimental dinners. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/42

1912 Jun 11-1913 Oct 2

Correspondence between Hamilton and Lt Col Charles à Court Repington, including the strategic importance of the Egyptian garrison for defending India, 25 Jul 1912; the relationship between the Militia and Permanent Force in Canada, 2 Oct 1913. 1 file, 5 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/43

1912 Jun 27-1913 Nov 19

Correspondence between Hamilton and Gen Sir Henry Macleod Rundle, General Officer Commanding Malta, including Rundle's suggestions for closer cooperation between the Navy and Army in defending Malta, 27 Jun 1912; speculation that Hamilton would be appointed Commander-in-Chief India, 6 Oct 1913; Rundle's desire to be appointed Adjutant General, 12 Nov 1913. 1 file, 9 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/44

1912 Jul 28

Letter received by Hamilton from Lt Gen Sir Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer regarding Hamilton's forthcoming inspection of Red Cross nurses at Redcar, Yorkshire. 2pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/45

[1912] Jul

Letters received by Hamilton from Harrington Mann, artist, regarding arrangements for Hamilton to sit for a portrait. 1 file, 2 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/46

1912 Oct 25-1912 Dec 9

Correspondence of Hamilton, mainly personal and semi-official, during his tour of the Far East as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including letters to Frederick Edgar Wilkinson, British Consul Nanking, and Sir John (Newell) Jordan, British Minister Plenipotentiary Peking, regarding progress of his tour of China; to Lt Gen Sir William Edmund Franklyn, Secretary Army Selection Board, proposing Lt Col Robert Davenport Vizard as Commanding Officer Ceylon Volunteers; to Brig Gen Henry Hughes Wilson, Director of Military Operations War Office, proposing Maj Frederick William Lumsden for employment within Wilson's department; correspondence with Capt J A Methuen, Southern Rhodesia Volunteers, regarding shooting competition for a cup presented by Hamilton. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/47

1912 Oct 6-1914 Mar 16

Letters sent by Hamilton to his brother Vereker Monteith Hamilton, mainly relating to family and personal financial matters, and including Hamilton's request for Vereker to arrange publication of an address by Hamilton regarding national service [National life and national training, (Birmingham and Midlands Institute, Birmingham, 1912)] should its publication in the Army Review by Lt Col Charles à Court Repington be prevented by the National Service League. 1 file, 18 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/48

1912 Dec 31-1913 Mar 2

Correspondence between Hamilton; Lt Gen Sir John Spencer Ewart, Adjutant General; Brig Gen Gerald Francis Ellison, Hamilton's staff officer, and Brig Gen Alfred James Whitacre Allen, Officer Commanding Ceylon, regarding the respective seniority of the Brigadier General Commanding Ceylon and the Chief Justice of Ceylon, and Allen's prospects of promotion to Major General. 1 file, 6 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/49

1913 Jan 14

Letter sent by Hamilton to his nephew Ian Bogle Monteith Hamilton (also known as 'Little Ian' or 'Monty'), mainly regarding Hamilton's visit to Khartoum, Sudan, as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 2pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/50

1913 Feb 11

Letter sent by Hamilton to Maj Gen William Riddell Birdwood, Secretary Army Department, India, regarding Hamilton's tour of the Far East as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 3pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/51

1913 Feb 14,1913 Feb 22

Correspondence between Hamilton and Maj Gen Granville George Egerton, relating to Egerton's refusal of the offer of a Brigade Command in India. 1 file, 2 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/52

1913 Feb 19-1914 Jan 13

Correspondence between Hamilton and FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, the Vaal and Aspall, British Agent and Consul General in Egypt, mainly relating to the purchase of paintings and iron gates in Malta by Hamilton for Kitchener's estate at Broome Park, Canterbury, Kent. With letter from Hamilton regarding state of defences at Alexandria, Egypt, and Hamilton's inspection of troops under Maj Gen Hon Julian Hedworth George Byng at Cairo, Egypt, 13 Jan 1914. 1 file, 8 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/53

1913 Feb 23-1914 Jun 14

Official correspondence relating to Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including correspondence between Hamilton and Maj Gen George Macauley Kirkpatrick, Inspector General, Military Forces of Australia, regarding a successor to Kirkpatrick and political changes at the Australian Department of Defence; itinerary of Australian tour, 3 Feb-22 Apr 1914; Military Orders issued by the Department of Defence, Australia, regarding training camps and promotions, 30 Sep 1913; 'The Australian report', typescript synopsis by Hamilton for his report on Australian forces; notes for Hamilton's guidance on Commonwealth Forces' chaplains by Lt Col Rev James Auchinleck-Ross, 23 Feb 1914; copy of telegram by Hamilton to War Office, London, regarding Australian political interference in preparation of his report, 23 Mar 1914; notes on Hamilton's tour for press use. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/54

1913 Mar 24-1913 Sep 2

Correspondence, mainly with the Daimler Company Ltd, relating to the sale of Hamilton's 1909 Birmingham Small Arms Company Ltd 18/23 Laundalet motor car, and his purchase of a 1913 Daimler TB 26HP Cabriolet car. With The Automobile Association and Motor Union handbook, 1913 (Automobile Association and Motor Union, London, 1913). 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/55

1913 Apr 22-1914 Jan 5

Correspondence relating to proposed meetings during Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including letter from Leopold Stennett Amery MP, regarding the success of compulsory service in Australia and his recommendation of those Hamilton should meet in Australia, 5 Jan 1914; letter from Hamilton to Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane of Cloan, Lord Chancellor, recommending Haldane meet with Lt Col C B Peterson, Director of Physical Training, Australian Forces, 13 Nov 1913; With 'Notes on individuals', character sketches prepared by Hamilton's staff of senior Australian military personnel, including Brig Gen Joseph Maria Gordon, Lt Col William George Patterson, Lt Col Henry George Chauvel, Lt Col Robert Wallace and Lt Col Victor Condradsdorf Morriset Sellheim, and printed Australian Army pamphlet 'Instructions for training, 1913-1914'. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/56

1913 May 13-1913 Nov 8

Correspondence relating to the grant of supporters on Hamilton's arms for his Knight Grand Cross banner to be placed in the Chapel of the Order of the Bath, including correspondence with Henry Farnham Burke, Norroy King of Arms, regarding design of supporters; with Gen Sir Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas, Lt Col Douglas Lilburn MacEwan, Lt Col James Douglas McLachlan, Lt Col Francis Hugh Neish and Lt Col Henry Percy Uniacke, regarding Hamilton's request that his supporters should be private soldiers of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and the Gordon Highlanders. 1 file, 29 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/57

1913 Jun 3-1913 Aug 15

Correspondence of Hamilton, mainly personal and semi-official, during his tour of Canada as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including letters to Maj Edward Bailey Ashmore, inviting him to be Assistant Military Secretary to Hamilton during Australasian tour; correspondence with Maj Berkeley Vincent, regarding Vincent's tour of Manchuria; correspondence with various veterans and well wishers; typescript memoranda 'Railways and their efficient protection' by Maj Cecil Barrow Simonds, and 'Making boys into citizens' by W Fawcett, former Colour Sgt, The Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland) Highlanders; invitations to social engagements; telegrams arranging itinerary. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/58

1913 Jun 13,1914 Apr 29

Correspondence between Hamilton and FM Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, comprising letter from Hamilton regarding progress of his tour of Canada as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, 13 Jun 1913; letter from Connaught, regarding Connaught's perception of the lack in interest in military affairs in Canada, and Connaught's criticism of Col the Hon Samuel Hughes, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence, 29 Apr 1914. 1 file, 2 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/59

1913 Jun 25-1914 May 24

Letters sent by Hamilton to Leopold Stennett Amery MP, mainly relating to his tours of Canada, Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, and including his allegations of attempts by the War Office to restrict circulation of Hamilton's reports as Inspector General, 11 May 1914. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/60

1913 Jul 9-1913 Dec 27

Official correspondence relating to arrangements for Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including list of reference documents dispatched to Hamilton by the Department of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia, 19 Aug 1913; list of inspectors assigned to units in training camps; memorandum on duties of the Inspector General and system of inspection in the commonwealth; proposed itinerary of Australian tour, 3 Feb-22 Apr 1914; summary of returns for Oct 1913, under the universal training clauses of the Australian Defence Act 1903-1912, relating to medical examinations of cadets and militia, exemptions from service, musketry proficiency of cadets and prosecutions for evasion of service. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/61

1913 Jul 21-1914 Jul 20

Correspondence between Hamilton and German Capt Heyne, Royal Saxon Artillery, mainly relating to the battle of Leipzig, 1813, and Heyne's participation in recent German manoeuvres. 1 file, 4 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/62

1913 Jul 22-1913 Oct 2

Correspondence relating to the application of 2nd Lt Clarence Haydon Bacon, 1 Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, for appointment to the Canadian Permanent Force, mainly with Reginald Herbert Brade, Assistant Secretary War Office, and George Kemp King, Private Secretary to Lt Col Rt Hon John Edward Bernard Seely MP, Secretary of State for War, regarding Hamilton's proposed meeting with Col the Hon Samuel Hughes, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence, to present details of the case. 1 file, 9 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/63

1913 Jul 25-1914 May 24

Correspondence between Hamilton and Gen Sir Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas, Inspector General of Home Forces and subsequently Chief of the Imperial General Staff, mainly regarding Douglas' inspection of British coastal defences; Hamilton's tour of Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 6 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/64

1913 Jul 29-1914 May 28

Correspondence between Hamilton and Col the Hon Samuel Hughes, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence, mainly relating to Hamilton's tour of Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 5 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/65

1913 Aug 1

Letter sent by Hamilton to Brig Gen Gerald Francis Ellison, Hamilton's staff officer, thanking him for help received in preparing his report on Canadian military institutions as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1p


HAMILTON: 5/1/66

1913 Aug 8-1913 Oct 2

Correspondence relating to Hamilton's possible appointment as Commander-in-Chief India, comprising his letter to Brig Gen Gerald Francis Ellison, Hamilton's Staff Officer, on the appointment and Hamilton's discussion with Lt Col Rt Hon John Edward Bernard Seely MP, Secretary of State for War, regarding the potential decision of the Council of Imperial Defence to retain a division of the BEF in England for home defence; correspondence with Lt Col Henry Carew Ricketts and Lt Col Charles Oliver Swanston regarding their requests to be appointed Hamilton's Military Secretary should he be appointed to India. 1 file, 4 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/67

1913 Aug 18-1913 Aug 20

Correspondence with J C Vickery, of London, silversmiths, regarding engraving of articles to be presented by Hamilton during his tour of Canada as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 5 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/68

1913 Aug 29,1913 Sep 1

Correspondence between Hamilton and Brig Gen John Arthur Barlow, regarding Barlow's application to the War Office for a Meritorious Service Reward. With accompanying schedule by Barlow, showing comparative war, regimental and staff services of himself, Col Claude Kennedy and Brig Gen Albert Edward Ommanney. 1 file, 2 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/69

1913 Sep 9-1914 Jun 3

Official correspondence relating to Hamilton's tour of New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including provisional itinerary, 27 Apr-31 May 1914; memorandum by Col the Hon James Allen, Minister of Defence for New Zealand, on the administration of the Defence Act in regard to detention and punishment of conscientious objectors, 5 Sep 1913; correspondence between Brig Gen Gerald Francis Ellison, Staff Officer to Hamilton, and Maj Gen Alexander John Godley, General Officer Commanding New Zealand Forces, regarding strikes, anti-military sentiment in New Zealand, and arrangements for Hamilton's tour; letter from Allen to Godley regarding Hamilton's support for voluntary military service being used in anti-compulsory service propaganda, 19 Mar 1914; Parade State return forms of units inspected by Hamilton, 27 Apr-3 Jun 1914. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/70

1913 Oct 14-1913 Dec 26

Official correspondence relating to arrangements for Hamilton's tour of Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including purchase of train and ship passages; itinerary of Hamilton and staff, London to Gibraltar, 12-23 Dec 1913; list of secret documents taken on Australasian tour. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/71

1913 Oct 281914 Jul 27

Correspondence between Hamilton and Maj William Robarts Napier Madocks, mainly relating to arrangements for stabling 'Canada' and 'Jacaranda', horses presented to Hamilton by the Canadian and Australian Governments. 1 file, 4 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/72

1913 Nov 8-1914 Jul 28

Correspondence between Hamilton and Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill MP, First Lord of the Admiralty, regarding a conference of naval officers Hamilton attended on board Admiralty yacht HMS ENCHANTRESS at Sheerness, Kent, 8 Nov 1913; the commissioning of seaplane bases at Gibraltar, Malta, Jamaica and Singapore, 2 Jan 1914-7 Mar 1914; Hamilton's remarks on a letter (enclosed) received by him from Lt Col Charles à Court Repington, relating to Repington's interview with German Col von Leipzig, a friend of Wilhem II, Kaiser of Germany, on the likelihood of war between Great Britain and Germany, 27-28 Jul 1914. 1 file, 7 letters (Letters of 27 and 28 Jul 1914 are photocopies, the originals of which are held by the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge)


HAMILTON: 5/1/73

1913 Nov 15-1913 Nov 26

Correspondence between Hamilton and Reginald Herbert Brade, Assistant Secretary, War Office, regarding Hamilton's objections to War Office requests that his reports on inspections of Overseas Forces should be submitted to Rt Hon John Edward Bernard Seely MP, Secretary of State for War, and Rt Hon Lewis Harcourt MP, Secretary of State for the Colonies, for editing prior to transmission to the colonial or dominion government. 14pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/74

1913 Nov 25-1914 Jul 14

Correspondence of Hamilton, mainly personal and semi-official, during his tour of Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including letter to Edward Augustus Arnold, publisher, regarding the tour; to FM Sir Henry Evelyn Wood, regarding compulsory cadet training for boys; correspondence with Henry Roland Murray Bourne, Department of Defence, Union of South Africa, relating to the structure of the Union's Defence Department; with Maj James Corballis, regarding a post for his son in the Indian Army; with the Navy and Military Musical Union, regarding his acceptance of the post of Vice President; correspondence with various Australian veterans and well wishers; personal financial correspondence. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/75

1913 Dec 2-1913 Dec 3

Correspondence between Hamilton and Lt Gen Sir William Edmund Franklyn, Secretary of the Army Selection Board, relating to Hamilton's recommendation that Brig Gen Edward Joshua Cooper, Officer Commanding Tientsin, North China, be promoted Major General. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/76

1913 Dec 12-1914 May 25

Letters sent by Hamilton to his wife Jean Miller Hamilton, mainly relating to his tour of Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including the success of his inspection and speeches in Brisbane, 22 Feb; his report on Australian military forces, which he suspected would shock colleagues at the War Office and make him enemies, 22 Apr; his suspicion that Gen Sir John Denton Pinkstone French would be appointed Inspector General of Home and Overseas Forces, 24 Apr; Hamilton's speech at Auckland, causing offence in Japan at his remarks implying a Japanese military threat to Australasia, 21 May. 1 file, 32 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/77

1914 Jan 1-1915 May 10

Correspondence between Hamilton and Col Sir Neville (Francis Fitzgerald) Chamberlain, regarding their efforts to gain remission of death duties on the grant of £100,000 given to FM Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar, Waterford and Pretoria, for his services during the Second Boer War. 1 file, 12 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/78

1914 Jan 22-1914 Mar 30

Correspondence relating to social engagements undertaken by Hamilton during his tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including meeting with the South African Soldiers' Association of South Australia, 21 Mar 1914; lunch with Sir Gerald Strickland, Governor of New South Wales, 29 Mar 1914; dinner at the Royal Military College of Australia, 30 Mar 1914. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/79

1914 Jan 23-1914 Mar 14

Correspondence relating to social engagements undertaken by Hamilton during his tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including stay at Government House, Queensland, 20-23 Feb 1914; dinner with officers of the New South Wales Australian Garrison Artillery Rgt, Sydney, 25 Feb 1914; dinner with officers of 24th Infantry East Sydney Rgt, 26 Feb 1914; visit to the Veterans' Home of New South Wales; dinner with the South African Soldiers' Association of New South Wales, 28 Feb 1914. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/80

1914 Jan 23-1914 May 12

Correspondence relating to social engagements undertaken by Hamilton during his tour of New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including lunch with the Mayor of Christchurch, 24 Apr 1914; dinner with New Zealand Government Ministers, 8 May 1914; meeting with South African War veterans of the 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles Association, 12 May 1914. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/81

1914 Feb 3-1914 Apr 23

Correspondence relating to proposed invitations to social engagements during Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces, including presentation of colours to 55th (Collingwood) Infantry Rgt, Victoria; visit to his cousin Vereker Teviot-Hamilton; dinner with Sir Gerald Strickland, Governor of New South Wales. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/82

1914 Feb 17-1914 Jun 29

Correspondence between Hamilton and Senator the Hon Edward Davis Millen, Australian Minister of State for Defence, relating to Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/83

1914 Feb 17

Letter sent by Hamilton to Brig Gen Joseph Maria Gordon, Chief of the General Staff Australia, thanking him for assistance rendered during his tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1p


HAMILTON: 5/1/84

1914 Feb 23

Letter sent by Hamilton to Rt Hon Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Australia, relating to Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 2pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/85

1914 Feb 26-1914 May 13

Correspondence and associated papers relating to the anti-compulsory service movement in Australia and New Zealand, including propaganda leaflets produced by the Australian Freedom League for the abolition of the compulsory clauses of the Commonwealth Defence Act; letters from Stanley F Allen, League Secretary, 26 Feb 1914, Joseph B Howie, League Secretary for Victoria, 2 Mar 1914, and Charles R N Mackie, Secretary of the National Peace Council of New Zealand, 24 Apr 1914, alleging widespread unpopularity of compulsory service and avoidance of registration by Australian and New Zealander youths, with Hamilton's replies, advocating the compulsory military training for cadets; letter from Egerton Gill, Secretary of the New Zealand Freedom League for the repeal of the compulsory clauses of the Defence Act, 11 Apr 1914, enclosing resolutions passed by the Auckland Builders, Contractors and General Labourers' Industrial Union of Workers and the New Zealand Federated Furniture Trades Industrial Association of Workers against compulsory service. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/86

1914 Mar 23

Letter sent by Brig Gen Gerald Francis Ellison, Hamilton's Staff Officer, to Maj Gen Francis John Davies, Director of Staff Duties War Office, relating to Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 10pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/87

1914 Apr 5-1914 May 24

Letters sent by Hamilton to Rt Hon Herbert Henry Asquith MP, Prime Minister and Secretary of State for War, relating to Hamilton's tour of Australia and New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file, 4 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/88

1914 Apr 8-1914 Jun 24

Correspondence and associated papers relating to travel arrangements for Hamilton's return journey to Great Britain from his tour of New Zealand as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. With telegrams, 5 Jun 1914, from Col the Hon James Allen, Minister of Defence for New Zealand, regarding publication of Hamilton's confidential report on New Zealand forces. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/89

1914 May 9

Letter sent by Hamilton to Lt Gen Sir Henry Crichton Sclater, with congratulations on Sclater's appointment as Adjutant General. 2pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/90

1914 May 9

Letter sent by Hamilton to Lt Gen Sir Edward Thomas Henry Hutton, informing him that Hutton's work as a former Commander-in-Chief of Australian Forces was still remembered and appreciated. 2pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/91

1914 May 13-1914 Aug 22

Papers relating to a speech made by Hamilton at Auckland, New Zealand, on the potential military and economic threat to Australia and New Zealand from Asian nations, including copies of Reuters telegrams to London, paraphrasing his speech, 13 May 1914, and acknowledging their misrepresentation of his speech to imply Australia should prepare for hostilities with Japan, 21 May 1914; letters from Hamilton to J Alfred Spender, editor of The Westminster Gazette, and to Lady Aileen Mary Roberts, on the misleading reports of his speech; telegram correspondence between Hamilton and the War Office, regarding the offence caused to Japan by reports of his speech; four cuttings from Australian and New Zealander newspapers on his speech. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/92

1914 Jun 1-1915 Feb 7

Correspondence between Hamilton and Rt Hon Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro-Ferguson, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Australia, including letter from Munro-Ferguson, on the state of officers, men and equipment of the Australian Imperial Force, 25 Dec 1914. 1 file, 3 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/93

1914 Jun 10-1914 Aug 1

Correspondence relating to the transportation to London of 'Jacaranda', a horse presented to Hamilton by the Australian Government during his tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 1 file


HAMILTON: 5/1/94

1914 Jul 4-1914 Jul 20

Correspondence with the War Office, regarding Hamilton's appointment as an Aide-de-Camp General to George V, King of Great Britain and Ireland. 1 file, 6 letters


HAMILTON: 5/1/95

1914 Jul 26

Letter sent by Hamilton to Brig Gen Henry de Beauvoir de Lisle, regarding Hamilton's tour of Australia as Inspector General of Overseas Forces. 2pp


HAMILTON: 5/1/96

[1910-1914]

Various fragments of aphorisms and literary notes by Hamilton. 1 file, 8pp

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