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The Bickersteth War Diaries and the Papers of John Burgon Bickersteth

Title The Bickersteth War Diaries and the Papers of John Burgon Bickersteth
Reference GBR/0014/BICK
Creator Bickersteth, Ella, 1858 - 1940, wife of Samuel Bickersteth
Covering Dates 1914–1972 (The diaries cover the periods 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945 in most detail.)
Extent and Medium 17 volumes and 1 box
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Ella Chlora Faithfull Bickersteth (1858-1954) was the daughter of Sir Monier Monier-Williams. In 1881 she married the Reverend Samuel Bickersteth (1857-1937). They had six sons: Monier (1882-1976), Geoffrey (1884-1974), (Kenneth) Julian (1885-1962), John Burgon (1888-1979), Morris (1891-1916) and Ralph (1894-1989).

The 17 volumes cover both World Wars and comprise letters home from the front, accounts of particular events by individual family members, photographs and postcards as well as newspaper clippings and telegrams. They provide a unique perspective on the war years both from those who fought abroad and those who remained at home in Canterbury.

The papers of John Bickersteth are photocopies of correspondence and reports to Maurice Hankey on Canadian affairs (1932 - 1940).

The Bickersteth diaries (BICK 1-3) were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Mr E J Bickersteth in January 1991.

This collection is owned by Churchill College.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Bickersteth War Diaries and the Papers of John Burgon Bickersteth, BICK

Further information

"The Bickersteth diaries, 1914 - 1918", edited by John Bickersteth, were published in 1995 (Leo Cooper, London)

The Maurice Hankey (ref. HNKY) papers are held at Churchill Archives Centre. 3 notebooks of Burgon Bickersteth's diary covering Feb 1916 - Mar 1919 are deposited at the Household Cavalry Museum, Combermere Barracks, Windsor.

The Bickersteth papers were catalogued in 1995. This catalogue is available at Churchill Archives Centre, at the National Register of Archives, London, and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/.

This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King at Churchill Archives Centre in November 2004 using information from the catalogue by Tamsin Pert (1995).

Index Terms
Civil Defence
First World War (1914-1918)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Bickersteth, Samuel (1857-1937) chaplain
Bickersteth, Ella (1858-1940) wife of Samuel Bickersteth
Bickersteth, Julian (1885-1962) chaplain
Bickersteth, John Burgon (1888-1979) academic and poet
Bickersteth, Morris (1891-1916) soldier
Bickersteth, Ralph (1894-1989) soldier
Churchill/BICK contains:
1 World War I Diaries.
10 volumes.
Jul 1914-Jul 1919
2 World War II Diaries.
7 volumes.
3/1 Two Wooden Boxes of Japanese Slides. A list of the slides is included in one of the boxes. The slides are of everyday things such as cherry blossom, people and temples.
2 boxes.
4/1 John Burgon Bickersteth Letters and Papers (Xeroxes). A letter (1pg) from J. B. B. to Stephen Roskill, 2 May 1972; a list of memoranda (2pg) sent to Roskill by J. B. B., 2 May 1972; letter (1pg) from Hankey to J. B. B., 26 Jul 1940; letter (4pg) from Thomas Jones to J. B. B., 26 Apr 1936; letter (7pg) from J. B. B. to Evan Wallace, MP, 7 Jan 1932; memorandum (7pg) re. Ottawa Conference, May 1932; Memorandum (14pg) re. political situation in Canada, 16 April 1933; Memorandum (11pg) re. political situation in Canada, April 1934; Memorandum (17pg) re. political situation in Canada, April 1935; Memorandum (15pg) re. political situation in Canada, April 1936; letter (1pg) from Hankey to J. B. B., 26 April 1937; Memorandum 12pg re. political situation in Canada, 1937; Memorandum (20pg) re. political situation in Canada, April 1939; letter (1pg) from Lord Willingdon to J. B. B., 24 May 1939; letter (2pg) from Archbishop Lang to J. B. B., 20 May 1939; letter (1pg) from Edward Peacock to J. B. B., 23 May 1939; memorandum (2pg) from J. B. B. to Roskill, 1 May 1972; report (16pg) marked "Not Sent to PM".
1 file.

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