First World War: Letters from English Soldiers

Collection Summary

Title: First World War: Letters from English Soldiers
Call Number: MS 90-05
Size: 1.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Sotheby’s, London, 1986
Processed By: RTL, 1-25-1989; JEF, 3-23-1998, MN, 6-26-2013
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

This collection is composed of letters from four British Soldiers in various theaters of World War I to friends and family home in England. These letters give a good account of the life and activities of British officers and enlisted men at the front during World War I.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 Captain H. C. Game Materials. Contains letters of Game, of the Royal Artillery, to wife sent from France, 1915-1916. Also contains military papers and gift acknowledgment.
Series 2 Box 2 Major Stewart Grose Materials. Contains letters of Grose, Royal Artillery, Salonika Force, to various family members. Letters center around life on the front and daily activities, 1915-1918.
Series 3 Box 3 Lance Corporal Trevor Conduit and Private Sidney Conduit Materials. Contains letters of brothers Trevor Conduit and Sidney Conduit, London Rifle Brigade, to parents, describing daily activities and life on the front in France, 1914-1915.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Captain H. C. Game Materials

Box 1 FF 1 Contains letters from Game to his wife, July-August 1915, detailing training.
Box 1 FF 2 Contains letters from Game to his wife, March-April 1915, detailing shipping out, training, and first impressions of the front.
Box 1 FF 3 Contains letters from Game to his wife, October 10, 1915 to July 6, 1916, describing daily activities and life at the front.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains letters from Game to his wife, April-May 1916.
Box 1 FF 5 Contains letters from Game to his wife, June 1916.
Box 1 FF 6 Contains letters from Game to his wife, July 1916.
Box 1 FF 7 Contains a photograph of mugs given by Game to the King and Queen of England for their 25th anniversary, a thank you note for the gift, and Game’s commissioning papers and warrants of appointment.

Series 2 ‒ Major Stewart Grose Materials

Box 2 FF 1 Contains ten letters written by Grose during training, March-September 1915.
Box 2 FF 2 Contains letters from Grose to parents September-October 1915, from training camp and from France.
Box 2 FF 3 Contains letters from Grose describing movement to and early days in Salonika, November 1915-February 1916.
Box 2 FF 4 Contains three letters from Grose to parents, December 1915-February 1916.
Box 2 FF 5 Contains 34 letters from Grose to parents, 1916.
Box 2 FF 6 Contains 21 letters from Grose to parents, 1917.
Box 2 FF 7 Contains letters from Grose to parents May-September 1918.
Box 2 FF 8 Contains 33 letters from Grose to sister September 1915-April 1918.
Box 2 FF 9 Contains letters to Captain Grose from fellow officers and men, 1917-1918, and letters to father from Grose, December 1915.
Box 2 FF 10 Contains maps of Salonkia and surrounding area.

Series 3 ‒ Lance Corporal Trevor Conduit and Private Sidney Conduit Materials

Box 3 FF 1 Contains a letter from Sidney Conduit dated August 31, 1914.
Box 3 FF 2 Contains a letter from Trevor Conduit, November 1914.
Box 3 FF 3 Contains one letter from Sidney Conduit, December 1, 1914. Also contains letters from Trevor Conduit, December 1914.
Box 3 FF 4 Contains letters from brothers Sidney Conduit and Trevor Conduit, January 1915.
Box 3 FF 5 Contains letters from brothers Sidney Conduit and Trevor Conduit, February 1915.
Box 3 FF 6 Contains letters from brothers Sidney Conduit and Trevor Conduit, March 1915.
Box 3 FF 7 Contains letters from brothers Sidney Conduit and Trevor Conduit, April 1915.
Box 3 FF 8 Contains letters of May 1915 describing Sidney Conduit's death and expressing sympathies, also his last letters to parents.
Box 3 FF 9 Contains a letter from Sidney Conduit’s commanding officer, June 13, 1915, expressing sympathies.
Box 3 FF 10 Contains a letter, July 4, 1915, expressing sympathy for Sidney Conduit’s death from a comrade.
Box 3 FF 11 Contains undated letters from brothers Sidney Conduit and Trevor Conduit.