Size: 0.5 linear feet
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A Collection of thirty-six letters from Captain J. E. H. Orr of the City of London Imperial Volunteers, to his family describing in detail military engagements, commenting on fellow officers and giving an account of conditions of the City of London Imperial Volunteers during the Boer War. The letters are written from Pretoria, Orange River and elsewhere in South Africa from January to September 1900. Included in the collection is a journal of correspondence kept by Orr summarizing most of the letters in the collections. One letter does mention a conversation with Winston Churchill.
Very little information is known concerning Captain J. E. H. Orr other than his appointment as Secretary to the Military Governor of Pretoria, General Sir John Maxwell, in August of 1900. Numerous mentions of Capt. Orr are made by Major-General Mackinnon in The Journal of the City of London Imperial Volunteers.
Acquisition: Purchased from Sotheby's, March 14, 1985 by Dr. Martin Bush
Processed by: MD, 6-14-1990; JEF, 4-7-1998