Elderton, R. P. S.
Introduction
Roland Percy Somerset Elderton
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
2. Personal Papers
3. Press Cuttings
4. Photographic Material
5. Miscellanea
5. Printed material
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Elderton, R. P. S.
Dates of creation: ca. 1884-1945
Extent: 4 files
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: R. P. S. Elderton
Language: English

Roland Percy Somerset Elderton

(1876-?1958)

1903-1916Deputy Assistant Financial Secretary
1916-1925Assistant Financial Secretary


Arrangement

1. Official Papers
2. Personal Papers
3. Newspaper Cuttings
4. Photographic Material
5. Miscellanea
6. Printed Material

Accession details

Photographs and some printed material presented by Major and Mrs R.P.S. Elderton, 1958. Later gift of Elderton's official papers presented by Mr Philip MacDonald, 2005.

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
SAD.106/23/1-6
1906 Mar 15
Report from G.E. Matthews, Governor Upper Nile Province, to the Assistant Director of Intelligence (with covering letter from R. Slatin to P.R. Phipps, Civil Secretary), concerning government policy towards the Nuer in Upper Nile Province, including Nuer claims against cattle and ivory stolen by the government and the Dinka tribe in 1901, the effect of Dengkur's death on the Nuer, Matthews' visit to the Lau Nuer, and his future policy recommendations
SAD.106/23/7-9
n.d. [1908 May]
Statement of `Abd al-Qadir Muhammad Imam, taken by Yuzbashi A. Zade, concerning his reasons for organising the Mahdist uprising in Katfia, Blue Nile Province
SAD.106/23/10-14
1908 Dec 11
Report from G.E. Matthews, Governor Upper Nile Province, to the Assistant Director of Intelligence (with comments by R. Slatin) concerning government policy towards the Nuer, including the lack of uniformity in tribal administration in the Nuer district of Gaweir and among the Dinka in the Twi District of Mongalla Province, his criticism of the conduct of R.C.R. Owen, the proposed removal of part of the Nuer administrative area to Mongalla Province, the success of province handling of the Nuer and the best method of handling Dinka grievances
SAD.106/23/15-16
1909 Aug 23
Letter from G.E. Matthews to the Civil Secretary recommending A. Travlos, Engineer in the Steamers Department
SAD.106/23/17-20
1909 Nov 29
Report by E.W. Drummond-Hay, Inspector Darfung to G.S. Nickerson, Governor Sennar Province, on a trek to Jabal Mughaja near Soda to investigate the murder of Mek Badl, with comments by Slatin Pasha
SAD.106/23/21
1910 Aug 22
Printed memorandum from J.J. Asser, Acting Sirdar and Governor-General, entitled Instructions concerning the conduct of military operations in the Sudan
SAD.106/23/22
1912 Sep 1
Printed memorandum by R.P.S. Elderton, Acting Financial Secretary, entitled Housing loans for government officials
SAD.106/23/23-26
1912 Oct 8-Dec 11
4 letters from R.P.S. Elderton to al-Zubayr Pasha Rahma Mansur (who died 6 January 1913) concerning a loan from the Sudan Government to al-Zubayr Pasha to assist in the payment of his debts
SAD.106/23/32
1913 Jan 6
Notification of the funeral of al-Zubayr Pasha Rahma Mansur at Geili
SAD.106/23/27-29
1917 Sep 12
Finance Circular No. 78: Special war allowance, from R.P.S. Elderton, Acting Financial Secretary, concerning the official sanctioning of a financial allowance for officials and employees of the Sudan Government
Arabic and English
SAD.106/23/30
1918 Mar 25
Letter from `Umar `Abd Allahi to R.P.S. Elderton concerning his transfer to the Arab Corps, Sudanese Frontiers Administration, with a note by Elderton on the reverse of this letter criticising `Abd Allahi's conduct in the Finance Department. Also includes an attached press cutting on the subject of `Abd Allahi's transfer.
SAD.106/23/31
n.d. [1900s]
Statement of Shaykh Fadl al-Mula Rakha describing a raid at Laqiya in Dongola Province
SAD.106/23/34
1918 Oct 30
Translation of official conferment by Sultan Fu`ad of the Order of the Nile (3rd class) on R.P.S. Elderton for his service in the Egyptian Army
SAD.106/23/33
1919 Mar 1
Official notification from the War Office (signed by Winston Churchill) of appreciation of R.P.S. Elderton's distinguished service in the Royal Army Service Corps
2. Personal Papers
SAD.15/3/1-3
1885 Jul 11
Framed letter from Queen Victoria at Osborne to General Gordon's sister thanking her for the copy of Gordon's diary and talking of her “inexpressible sorrow” that she did not succeed in “getting his just demands agreed to”; with typescript copy. On the back of the frame in Elderton's handwriting are copies of letters from the Queen at Osborne to Gladstone of 21 January 1893 recalling Gordon's fate and supporting the despatch of troops to Cairo, with Gladstone's reply of the same day stating that “he finds it more difficult to reply to the objection that the Government of the day did too much than to the charge of having done too little.”
3. Press Cuttings
SAD.106/23/40
1916 Jan 15
Cutting from The World entitled “The strange story of Mr George Gordon Moore”
SAD.106/23/41-42
1919 Jun 3
Ninth Supplement to The London Gazette containing a list of officers and officials worthy of special notice and commendation, including Elderton for administrative services
SAD.106/23/43
1943 Oct 30-1944 Oct 6
4 press cuttings, including 3 from The Times relating to the situation in India; and one from The Daily Telegraph concerning the origins of Sherlock Holmes. [On the reverse is a Special Army Order from F.R. Wingate, dated 19 December 1916, issued on his departure from the Sudan.]
SAD.106/23/44
1945 May 8
Cutting from The Times concerning the role of the British Army in the Second World War. [On the reverse is a letter from H. J. Whitlock & Sons to Elderton requesting a photograph of Elderton for inclusion in an engraving of officers who took part in the Battle of Tel el Kebir.]
4. Photographic Material
SAD.872/4/1
1884
Large portrait photograph of General Charles George Gordon Pasha, taken just before his departure for Khartoum, reportedly the last photograph taken of him. The photograph, in its original wooden frame, was given to Mrs A. E. Elderton soon after the fall of Khartoum, in May 1885, by Gordon's brother General Sir Henry Gordon, together with, subsequently in 1886, a copy of "Golden gleanings from the thoughts of General Gordon". An explanation of the provenance was attached to the back of the frame by the donor Major R.P.S. Elderton, 7 September 1931 (SAD 872/4/2), together with a signature of General Gordon cut from one of his Khartoum letters (SAD 872/4/3).
SAD.15/1/1
1895 Mar 16
Large framed and signed portrait photograph of Slatin Pasha in Dervish dress, taken at Aswan and dedicated to his friend Wingate “As a token of gratitude for my rescue”. Photograph by J. Heyman of Cairo
SAD.1/22/1-3,64
1904
Khalifa's house, Omdurman
SAD.1/22/4-5,63
1904
Suq scenes in Omdurman
SAD.1/22/6-7
1904
Makeshift tents and huts in the native housing area in Omdurman
SAD.1/22/8-12
1904
River Nile scenes
SAD.1/22/13,15
1907
Bordein, an armoured paddle steamer used by General Gordon, towing a fleet of cargo-carrying feluccas, possibly Khartoum
SAD.1/22/14,16
1908
Temple at Abu Simbel
SAD.1/22/17
1908
Cave dwelling near Abu Simbel
SAD.1/22/18
1903
Group of government officials or officers standing next to a fallen tebeldi tree at Shekan under which Hicks Pasha was killed on the 5 November 1883
SAD.1/22/19
1903
Pool near Shekan, where Hicks Pasha's army was annihilated, 5 November 1883
SAD.1/22/20,30
1903
Officers on camel back at the site of the grave of the Khalifa `Abdallahi (between the two flags), Umm Debeikerat
SAD.1/22/21
1903
Tower and gateway to El Obeid
SAD.1/22/22-23
1907
Fur notable holding the reins of a horse wearing a decorated bridle in El Obeid, presented as a gift by `Ali Dinar, sultan of Darfur, to Sir Reginald Wingate, Governor-General
SAD.1/22/24-25
1911-1913
Man on horseback, possibly Elderton
SAD.1/22/26
1903
War Office, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/27-29
1903
River Nile scenes
SAD.1/22/31
1903
Slatin [with Elderton?] in trap, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/32-33
1908
Man on horseback, possibly Elderton
SAD.1/22/34-35
1910
Views of the cataract, Aswan
SAD.1/22/36
1908
Man standing next to a horse ( ‘Sinbad’ ), possibly Elderton
SAD.1/22/37
1903
Abdin barracks, Cairo
SAD.1/22/38
1903
Sudanese man standing near Gordon's tree, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/39-40
1899
C.A. Knapp and another man, possibly Elderton, at Aldershot Barracks
SAD.1/22/41
1880
Half-length portrait of Major-General Sir Hubert Stewart, desert column commander, killed at the battle of Abu Klea, 17 January 1885
SAD.1/22/43
1903
Two men, one possibly Elderton, standing in front of drilled soldiers at an army barracks
SAD.1/22/44,47-48
1904
Temple of Abu Simbel
SAD.1/22/45-46
1903
Herons nesting on the roof of a tukl, possibly Kordofan
SAD.1/22/49
1903
Group of Sudanese men removing the tusks from a dead partially-submerged elephant in the sudd, possibly Upper Nile Province
SAD.1/22/50
1903
Tusks removed from a dead elephant in the sudd, possibly Upper Nile Province
SAD.1/22/51,61
1923
Statue of Kitchener in front of the War Office, Cairo
SAD.1/22/52-53
1924
Ruins of the Military Hospital mess building following bombardment by British forces during the mutiny, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/54
1924
Bodies of Sudanese soldiers in the compound of the Military Hospital, after the mutiny, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/55
[ca. 1900-1916]
Sir Reginald Wingate, Govenor-General of the Sudan
SAD.15/2/1-2
[ca. 1900-1916]
Signed portrait photograph of General Sir Reginald Wingate in dress uniform, with all his medals, originally framed but now removed from its frame. From the back of the frame is a biographical note on Sir Reginald by Elderton, 7 September 1931 and a cutting from the Telegraph of 12 June 1946 concerning Sir Reginald's position as the most decorated man in the British Army
SAD.1/22/56
1908
Man identified as [Studdart?]
SAD.1/22/57
[ca. 1906-1914]
R. von Slatin sitting on a verandah with a pair of lion cubs, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/58-59
1903
Egyptian Army Cavalry march past at a military review, probably Khartoum
SAD.1/22/60
1903
Aswan Dam
SAD.1/22/62,70
1906
Elfin, a side-paddle steamer, moored in front of the Governor-General's palace, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/65
[ca. 1906-1910]
Soldiers and government officials gathered at a levée in front of the Governor-General's palace, Khartoum
SAD.1/22/66
1898
View of the ruins of the old Governor-General's palace shortly after the reoccupation of Khartoum by British forces, following victory in the battle of Omdurman
SAD.1/22/67-68
1898
Mahdi's tomb after bombardment by British forces following the battle of Omdurman
SAD.1/22/69
1912 Jan 26
Congregation, some wearing levée uniform, at a service of consecration inside All Saints' Cathedral, with Sir Reginald Wingate, Governor-General, standing in the aisle
SAD.1/22/71
1903
Full-length portrait of al-Zubayr Pasha Rahma Mansur wearing an ornately-embroidered robe, possibly Khartoum (see also SAD 11/1/1-2 below)
SAD.1/22/72
1930
Half-length portrait of Sir Reginald Wingate, Governor-General of the Sudan, 1899-1916, and High Commissioner, Egypt, 1917-1919 in British Army uniform
SAD.11/1/1-2
1903
Full-length portrait of al-Zubayr Pasha Rahma Mansur wearing an ornately-embroidered robe, possibly Khartoum, with covering letter from al-Zubyair Pasha in Arabic with English translation. Duplicate of SAD 1/22/71.
5. Miscellanea
SAD.106/23/35-39
n.d. [1900s]
Satirical verses, including “After morning parade: Quicunque vult”, “Lines to an infuriated Kaimakam by one of the enemy” and “The old soldier”
5. Printed material
Printed material deposited with collection; now integrated into library and catalogued on OPAC