Orlebar, John Hatton Rolt
Introduction
John Hatton Rolt ORLEBAR
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Papers concerning the Sudan Defence Force
(a) H.Q., S.D.F.
(b) Kufra Oasis
(c) Darfur
(d) Kordofan
(e) Southern Sudan
(f) Kassala and Abyssinia
(g) General histories, S.D.F.
2. Personal Papers of J.H.R. Orlebar
3. Memoirs
4. Historical Material
5. Miscellanea
6. Photographic Material
7. Maps
8. Newspaper Cuttings
9. Printed Material
(b) In Library
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Orlebar, John Hatton Rolt
Dates of creation: 1882-1984
Extent: 2.5 boxes
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: material relating to service in the Sudan
Language: English

John Hatton Rolt ORLEBAR

(1907-1989)

1926 Served with the 2nd Royal Norfolk Regiment in Egypt, China and India
1933-1943 Served with the S.D.F. in Sudan, Eritrea and N. Africa
1943 Rejoined his Norfolk Regiment
1945-1947 Asst. Military Secretary, 21st Army Group, B.A.O.R.
1947-1948 Commanded 2nd Norfolk Regiment in India
1948-1951 Military Attaché, Bagdad
1951-1953 Commdt. 1st Royal Norfolk Regiment in Korea and Hong Kong
1953-1956 A.Q.M.G., War Office
1956-1958 Commander Small Arms School
1958 Retired


Arrangement

This collection is somewhat different from others held in the Sudan Archive. Rather than the papers of one individual, it comprises predominantly a series of papers acquired by J.H.R. Orlebar over a number of years from former Sudan Defence Force colleagues. It also includes personal material from J.H.R. Orlebar. Orlebar was concerned that the history of the Sudan Defence Force (SDF) should be recorded and while he was editor of the SDF Dinner Club newsletter, he appealed through the newsletter for former colleagues to send him whatever material they had. From the documents, maps, photos, etc. submitted, two volumes of collected information about the SDF were published in 1981 and 1986 (for details see Section 9 of this list). All the records sent to Orlebar by his former colleagues were donated to the Sudan Archive in 1987 along with Orlebar's own material, and are described in this list. A slightly different format from other Sudan Archive lists has been adopted for this collection. Section 1, Papers concerning the Sudan Defence Force, consists mainly of originals or copies of official SDF papers, reports, memoranda, etc., interspersed with related accounts and articles written in later years by retired SDF officers. Other sections follow the usual pattern for Sudan Archive collections. Orlebar's own material is integrated with what he collected from others in sections 1 and 3-9.
1. Papers concerning the Sudan Defence Force
2. Personal papers of J. Orlebar
3. Memoirs
4. Historical Material
5. Miscellanea
6. Photographic Material
7. Maps
8. Newspaper Cuttings
9. Printed Material

Catalogue
1. Papers concerning the Sudan Defence Force
(a) H.Q., S.D.F.
SAD.739/11/1-19
1938
Minutes of the Kaid's 4th conference with S.D.F. corps and unit commanders, held at head-quarters. 26 to 30 Nov 1938
SAD.739/11/20-23
1939 Jun
Monthly distribution list of British officers employed with the S.D.F. showing their stations during the month ending 30 Jun 1939
SAD.739/11/24
1939 Aug 26
Seniority roll of British warrant and non-commissioned officers seconded to the S.D.F.
SAD.739/11/25
[1939-40]
British officers special appointment list
SAD.739/11/26
[1939-40]
Distribution list of British officers employed in anti-aircraft units, Sudan Auxiliary Defence Force
SAD.739/11/27-29
[1939-40]
Distribution list of British officers employed in Province defence units, S.A.D.F.
SAD.739/11/30-34
1940 Jul
Distribution list of British officers employed with the S.D.F.
SAD.739/11/35-40
1940 Jul 11
Distribution list of native officers and cadets, S.D.F. units in the field
SAD.739/11/41-42
1940 Jul 24
Memorandum on the location of units
SAD.739/11/43-50
1954 Jun 30
Ministry of Defence instructions for the British handover and departure of all British officers
(b) Kufra Oasis
SAD.739/12/1-4
Note by G. Palmer on Kufra Oasis, its occupation by the Free French and later the S.D.F. and the journey across the desert from Wadi Halfa
SAD.739/12/5-13
Extract from v.2 of Tales of the Sudan Defence Force on the occupation of Kufra Oasis
SAD.739/12/14-17
Notes by Edward Bardell on life in Kufra Oasis while occupied by the British Army/S.D.F. in 1942
SAD.739/12/18-19
1984 Sep 11
Notes by R.H. Guest, ex-Sudan Artillery Regiment on life at Kufra Oasis, 1941-42
SAD.739/12/20-26
Copy article by E.H.G. Lonsdale on “Kufra convoy”, from The Royal Army Service Corps Review
SAD.739/12/27-46
1942 May 15 - 28
Typescript copy of an extract from Count Almassy's diary recording his travels in the desert northeast of Kufra to deliver two agents to Assiut, with covering letter from E.H.G. Lonsdale to Orlebar dated 24 January 1987, explaining the origins of the diary
SAD.739/12/47-51
Extract from v.2 of Tales of the Sudan Defence Force on the exploits of Count Almassy, an Austrian who carried out reconnaisances in the Siwa and Jaghbub areas. Much of the information in this extract comes from Count Almassy's diary (see above SAD 739/12/27-46)
SAD.739/12/52-55
1983 Jan 5
Account by Walter Brown of a patrol of No.5 M.M.G. Company, Eastern Arab Corps to search for Almassy
(c) Darfur
SAD.739/13/1-6
1926 Dec 5
Report by A.J. Arkell, Asst Resident Dar Masalit, on Mahdism in the western Sudan
SAD.739/13/7-48
[c. 1927-30]
Report on the rising at Nyala in 1921 led by `Abd Allah al-Sihaini, during which the Inspector at Nyala, Tennent McNeill was killed. The report is based on official papers including McNeill's letters and despatches to El Fasher, copies of which are provided. It traces the background to the rising and gives a detailed account of the battle. Author unknown and report incomplete
SAD.739/13/49-50
Account by Gen. Scoones of a patrol to the oasis of Bir Natrun in 1931 to counter Goraan raids into the Sudan
SAD.739/13/51-56
[n.d.]
Note on the Darfur wadis. Author unknown
SAD.740/1/1-54
Statement of policy of the Company Commander of 6 M.I. Company, Western Arab Corps, stationed at Nyala
SAD.740/2/1-18
1940 Oct 19
Report by Bimb. A.C.M. Urwick on movements and duties carried out by No. 6 M.I. Company, Western Arab Corps from leaving Nyala on 8 Sep 1939 until 19 Oct 1940, including a description of the action at Kassala on 4 Jul 1940 (Ms. and ts. copies)
SAD.740/2/19-28
1940
Copies of despatches concerning the handover of command of No. 6 M.I. Company, Western Arab Corps from Bimb. A.C.M. Urwick to Bimb. J.D. Goring-Johnston:
SAD.740/2/19-21
1940 Oct 16
Goring-Johnston to C.O. Western Arab Corps, El Fasher re the difficulties preventing him taking over command and the urgent need for leave for the men of the Company
SAD.740/2/22
1940 Oct 19
Urwick to O.C. Troops, Gedaref recommending promotion for a native officer
SAD.740/2/23-25
1940 Oct 23
Urwick to Goring-Johnston re criticisms of his command of the Company
SAD.740/2/26-28
1940 Oct 23
Goring-Johnston to Gifford, O.C. Troops, Gedaref re the urgent need to grant leave to troops of No. 6 M.I. Company
SAD.740/3/1-80
1940-1949
Official papers of No. 6 M.I. Company, Western Arab Company, consisting of confidential circulars and memoranda, including:
SAD.740/3/2-5
1940 Apr 17
A few notes for the guidance of sarrafs on counterfeit and illegally dealt with coinage in the Sudan
SAD.740/3/6-7
1940 Dec 7
Notes for the guidance of officers on courts martial
SAD.740/3/8
1941 Feb 18
Memorandum on looting after the battle at Barentu
SAD.740/3/9-11
1941 Dec 13
Note on relations between British and Sudanese ranks of the S.D.F.
SAD.740/3/12-13
1942 Feb 21
Instructions for the reorganisation of the S.D.F. under Operation Instruction No. 31 and Reorganisation S.D.F. 1942 Instruction No. 1
SAD.740/3/15
1942 Jul 21
Memorandum concerning the failure of S.D.F. officers to comply with orders of the Military Police
SAD.740/3/16-18
1942 Jul 25
Memorandum on the relationship between British officers and native officers
SAD.740/3/19-21
1943 Feb 17
Memorandum on discipline and morale in the S.D.F.
SAD.740/3/22
1943 Apr 1
Note by P. Ingleson, Governor Darfur for the Resident Geneina and O.C. No. 1 Company Geneina on the use of troops in lieu of police, duties of O.C. No. 1 Coy when acting for the Resident, relations with the Sultan, etc.
SAD.740/3/35-36
1944 Jul 10
Note on administrative inspections
SAD.740/3/37
1944 Jul 22
Circular letter on the role of the S.D.F.
SAD.740/3/42-43
1945 Feb 24
Circular letter on discipline
SAD.740/3/44-49
1945 Apr 9-11
Note of points raised and decisions reached at the Area Commands Conference in Khartoum
SAD.740/3/51-63
1945 Nov - 1946 Jul
No. 6 M.I. Company morale reports
SAD.740/3/64
1946 Sep 16
Memorandum from Commander Western Arab Corps to the Governor Darfur concerning rations
SAD.740/3/65-71
1946 Oct 20
Kaid's tour notes for Kordofan and Darfur, 5-15 Oct 1946
SAD.740/3/72
1947 Feb 3
Company morale report
SAD.740/3/73-78
1947 Feb 26
Kaid's tour notes for Kordofan and Darfur, 13 Jan - 3 Feb 1947
SAD.740/3/79-80
1949 Feb 22
Finance Department circular on the loss of Egyptian Government pay orders
SAD.740/2/29-42
1946
Handing-over notes on No. 6 M.I. Company, Western Arab Corps, from Bimb. Luxmore to Bimb. Gutch, covering Company accounts, trekking, rank and file, supplies of grass for horses. Company administration and buildings
(d) Kordofan
SAD.740/4/1-6
Account by G. Bredin of the Tuleshi Patrol in 1926 with postscript and covering letter from Dr. A. Cruikshank who accompanied the patrol as M.O.
SAD.740/4/7-18
1943-1946
“Nuba news sheet” no.2 and “Nuba notes” nos. 24, 25 and 32, compiled by G. Campbell while commander 2/7 (Nuba) Battalion, S.D.F.
SAD.740/4/19-21
Short account by Pat Lindsay of the formation of ‘D' company, 7th Nuba Battalion with diary of events for Sep and Oct 1943
(e) Southern Sudan
SAD.740/4/22-57
1937
Papers concerning the rescue of the civilian crew of a German aircraft which crash landed near Malakal, including account of the rescue by [J. Winder] who accompanied Orlebar and official telegrams between Juba, Torit and Malakal (photocopies)
(f) Kassala and Abyssinia
SAD.740/5/1-9
1939 Oct 31
Note on the first two months of the war and in particular civilian preparations in Kassala, by B. Kennedy-Cooke, Governor Kassala
SAD.740/5/10-35
1940
Andrew Blaikie's diary covering the days shortly before the fall of Kassala, 10 Jun - 4 Jul 1940 (xerox copy)
SAD.740/5/36-41
1940 Aug 1
Extract from a letter from Paul Daniell, No. 6 M.I. Company, W.A.C., to Philip Ingleson, Governor Darfur, describing the action at Kassala, 4 Jul 1940
SAD.740/5/42-44
1940 Aug 29
Letter from A.C.M. Urwick, No. 6 M.I. Company, to W. Rankin, O.C. Western Arab Corps describing the Battle of Kassala on 4 Jul 1940
SAD.740/5/45-49
1940 Dec 14
Report by M.T. Muhammad Nasr of the part played by No. 6 M.I. Company, W.A.C. in the Battle of Kassala, 4 Jul 1940, with sketch showing the positions of troops
SAD.740/6/1-9
Article on “Meadowforce” by C.A.E. Lea who in 1940 was chosen to raise this irregular force for scouting and minor guerilla warfare in the hills south of Tokar
SAD.740/6/10-14
Extracts from Jack de Manio's Life begins too early (pub. by Hutchinson and Co. 1970) concerning his involvement in the Imperial Red Sea Column, with comments by C.A.E. Lea
SAD.740/6/15-18
1941
Report by Bimb. G.T.H. Campbell of action by No. 5 Patrol Company (Nuba) at Shoghali, Jan 1941
SAD.740/6/19-60
1941 Jan 1 - 1942 Mar 15
War diary of No. 4 Bukr Company, Eastern Arab Corps, with covering letter from P. Cousens to Orlebar.
SAD.740/7/1-7
Notes by Bimb. R. Jepson on No. 4 Bukr Company, E.A.C., used by Bimb. Cousens in compiling the official Company diary
SAD.740/7/8-10
1941 Jan 30
Summary of information obtained by J.A.A. Blaikie from two Italian O.R.'s and one Abyssinian N.C.O. who deserted 29 Jan 1941. The information which was obtained two days before the fall of Barentu concerned the disposition of Italian troops
SAD.740/7/11-15
1941 Feb 8
Report by J.A.A. Blaikie of the looting of Barentu between 1 and 3 Feb 1941
SAD.740/7/16-17
Account by J.A.A. Blaikie of the capture of Barentu from the Italians, 2 Feb 1941
SAD.740/7/18-29
Paper by Peter Upcher on “The advance from Kassala to Keren with Gazelle Force”
SAD.740/7/30-32
Paper by Peter Upcher on the battle for Keren, Mar 1941
SAD.740/7/33-37
Account by Peter Upcher of the advance from Keren to Amba Alagi via Asmara in Mar 1941
SAD.740/7/38-43
1941 Jul 5 - 1942 Mar 18
Personal letters from Capt. Aldo Tait and G. Verin, Italian prisoners of war, to J.A.A. Blaikie
SAD.740/7/44-47
1943 Dec
Copy of R. Jepson's article, “War comes to the Kassala Railway”, from The Railway bulletin Sudan Railways No. 62
SAD.740/8/1-31
1943
A narrative of the war record of No. 2 M.M.G. Group, later No. 2 Motor Battalion during the period Sep 1939 to May 1943, by H. Deane, O.C. No. 2 M.M.G. Group
SAD.740/8/32-34
1974 Aug 19 - Sep 8
Copies of letters exchanged between Amadeo Guillet, Italian Ambassador to India, and Sir William Platt concerning their involvement in the Abyssinian campaign
SAD.740/8/35-38
1974 Oct 17 - Nov 4
Letters from Lt. Col. H.G.N. Leakey re the despatch of the 5th Indian Division to the aid of the S.D.F. in Kassala in 1940
SAD.740/8/39-46
1977 May
Copy article from The Military Historical Society journal on “Gazelle force and il gruppo bande amhara a cavallo”
SAD.740/8/47-49
1979, 1983
Two articles on Orde Wingate:
1979 Nov “Wingate: a diagnostic problem” by Brig. Shelford Bidwell, from History of Medicine v.223
1983 Jul 9 “G.A.H. Buttle”, from the British Medical Journal
SAD.740/8/50-53
“As different as chalk from cheese”, a paper by Peter Upcher on the role of the Motor Machine Gun Companies of the S.D.F. in the Eritrean/Abyssinian campaign and in Kassala
SAD.740/8/54-58
Note by P. Upcher on changes in the organisation and training of the Camel Corps, 1936-1939
SAD.740/9/1-3
1981 Jan 23
Note by John Holcombe, ex-Frontier Battalion on the lack of foresight and planning in equipping the 101 Mission which was responsible for taking Haile Selassie back to Abyssinia
SAD.740/9/4-5
1981 Nov 27
Note by [H.M. Woodman?] on the 101 Mission which returned Haile Selassie to Abyssinia
SAD.740/9/6-7
1981 Aug 27
Anecdote by K.D.D. Henderson from the Italian evacuation of Kassala
SAD.740/9/8-9
1984 Mar 6
Short account by Dr. W.G.R.M. Laurie of the first action of the war in Ethiopia and the occupation of Gallabat fort
SAD.740/9/10
1985 May 19
Letter from Andrew Blaikie to Orlebar concerning his acquaintance with the Duke of Aosta (former Governor-General of Italian East Africa), during the Second World War
(g) General histories, S.D.F.
SAD.740/9/11-36
1982
Paper by Orlebar on “The story of the Sudan Defence Force 1925 - 1955”, presented to the Durham Sudan Historical Records Conference
SAD.740/9/37-48
[n.d.]
Accounts by Peter Upcher of the history of the S.D.F. during the early months of the war (740/9/37-39), the recruitment of S.D.F. personnel (740/9/40-44) and conditions of service, accommodation, dress, leave and pay in peacetime of British officers in the S.D.F. (740/9/45-48)
SAD.740/9/49-72
A note on the Sudan Artillery Regiment, S.D.F., 1939 to 1944, by L.E. Humphreys. Includes a map of E. Africa and pencil sketches
SAD.740/10/1-22
1981
A note on ‘C' troop, Sudan Artillery Regiment, 1940 to 1941, by L.E. Humphreys. Includes maps and pencil sketches
SAD.740/10/23-45
1981
A note on the 11th Battalion Eastern Arab Corps, formerly the Guard Group, S.D.F., from 1942 to 1943, by L.E. Humphreys. Includes map of Eritrea and Abyssinia and pencil sketches
SAD.740/10/46-81
1984
‘Tales of the S.D.F.' - some notes by L.E. Humphreys, covering the years from the 1924 mutiny until the 1940's
2. Personal Papers of J.H.R. Orlebar
SAD.741/1/1-33
1962-1977
Sudan Defence Force Dinner Club annual notices, lists of guests and members attending and seating plans
SAD.741/1/34-56
1967-1975
Correspondence concerning the Sudan Defence Force Dinner Club annual dinners, including letters of thanks, telegrams from absent members and letters re guest speaker for the 50th anniversary dinner in 1975
SAD.741/2/1-10
1983
Sudan Defence Force Dinner Club report and newsletter 1982-83 compiled by Orlebar and including an account of the 1982 Sudan Historical Records Conference at Durham University and a description of various memoirs and records of the S.D.F. sent to Orlebar after the Conference
SAD.741/2/11-41
1981-1982
Papers concerning the 1982 Durham Sudan Historical Records Conference including letters from the organisers, D. Lavin and L. Forbes, lists of participants and correspondence re Orlebar's paper on the S.D.F.
SAD.741/2/42-58
1985 Oct 1 - 3
Papers concerning the war in Ethiopia Conference organised by the British Universities Film and Video Council, incuding programme, list of participants and reading list
3. Memoirs
SAD.741/3/1-15
1975
Memoirs of the 1924 Egyptian Army mutiny
SAD.741/3/1-4
Account of events at the time of the mutiny by ex-Miralai D.S. Adair Bey, with covering letter from P. Cousens
SAD.741/3/5-9
Precis of Sir Duncan Cummings address at the 50th Anniversary S.D.F. dinner
SAD.741/3/10-11
Account of the part played by the Royal Leicestershire Regiment in quelling the mutiny, extracted from The Green Tiger, the regimental magazine of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment
SAD.741/3/12-15
Letters from L.E. Humphreys describing events at Wad Medani and the aftermath at Khartoum
SAD.741/3/16-34
[n.d.]
Memoirs of Dr. T.W. Davidson's life as a Senior medical officer, S.D.F., 1925-31. Includes an account of his life in Darfur and the Bahr el Ghazal and descriptions of types of medical cases encountered, recreation and sport, methods of transport and hospitals
SAD.741/3/35
[n.d.]
“Random memories of the Sudan” by Gen. L. Thomas (S.D.F. 1927-29) included in Tales of the Sudan Defence Force v. 2
SAD.741/3/36-45
[n.d.]
Brief note by Willie Newall of incidents from his career in the S.D.F., 1930's and Second World War, with covering letter
SAD.741/3/46
Account by G. Palmer of the embezzlement of soldiers' savings in the No. 3 Squadron Sudan Horse at Shendi, Dec 1939
SAD.741/3/47-52
“Kujurs and other characters”, an account by Duncan Campbell of his experiences in the 6th Nuba Company, Camel Corps including descriptions of the powers of the Kujur
SAD.741/3/53-64
Note on the “Birth of a battalion” by Godfrey Harding, concerning his role in the formation of a second S.D.F. brigade. Harding served with the 12th Battalion
SAD.741/4/1-18
Memoirs of Pat Cousens' service with the S.D.F. in the Eastern Sudan during the Second World War, commanding No. 5 M.M.G. Company, Eastern Arab Corps and No. 4 Bukr Company and post-war service with the Camel Corps, 1949-53
SAD.741/4/19-52
1976-1984
Series of short stories and anecdotes by L.E. Humphreys from the S.D.F. offered for Tales of the Sudan Defence Force
SAD.741/5/1-57
1977-1986
Assorted letters and notes from L.E. Humphreys to Orlebar and D. Johnson, recalling experiences and colleagues from the S.D.F. and from his civilian service in the Sudan
SAD.741/6/1-4
1981
Correspondence from Maj. D.V. Henderson to Orlebar concerning the George Medal awarded to Onbashi Husain Abakar Fadl Allah in 1945
SAD.741/6/5-25
1981 Jul
Memoir by L.E. Humphreys of his life as Inspector of Agriculture, Mongalla from 1925-29, Berber Province 1929-32, Kassala 1932-39, Wad Medani 1939-40 and with the S.D.F. during the Second World War
SAD.741/6/26-39 [c
[c. 1982]
Stories by John Upcher of life in the Camel Corps in wartime and peace and with the Gazelle Force in Kassala, with covering letter to Orlebar
SAD.741/6/40
1980 Jun 12
Letter from Amin al-Sawi, Sudanese Ambassador to Britain, to Mr. Cummins thanking him for sending a poem on the role of the S.D.F. in the Second World War
SAD.741/6/41
1981 Mar 8
Letter from Errol Lonsdale to Jimmy Good containing some recollection of his life in the S.D.F.
SAD.741/6/42-54
1981 Apr 28 - 1982 Apr 30
Letters from G. Campbell to Orlebar containing news of former S.D.F. colleagues, progress on various articles and books and reminiscences
SAD.741/7/1-7
[c. 1981]
Brief anecdotes of life in the S.D.F. by G. Campbell and K.D.D. Henderson
SAD.741/7/8-51
1981-1982
Notes on the history of the S.D.F. by Guy Campbell and on his career in the S.D.F. during the Second World War, compiled for the 1982 Durham Sudan Historical Records Conference
SAD.741/7/52-59
1982
“Some reminiscences and personal views concerning the sudanisation of the Equatorial Corps, Sudan Defence Force in 1954” - a paper written by Lt. Col. W.B.E. Brown after the 1982 Durham Sudan Historical Records Conference, with covering letters
SAD.741/8/1-4
1982
Letters from Mrs. Florence Judge, widow of Capt. J. Judge, R.A.V.C., to Orlebar, describing her life in the Sudan where her husband served with the S.D.F.
SAD.741/8/5
1982 Apr 9
Letter from Edward Aglen to Orlebar concerning the defence of Kurmuk under Mervyn Bell
SAD.741/8/6-19
1983 Apr 12
Amusing anecdotes by John Simpson (former S.D.F.) included in Tales of the Sudan Defence Force v. 2
SAD.741/8/20-23
1984 Mar 7 - 9
Letters to Orlebar from Sir Conan Aske, Brig. J.M. Cubiss and Walter Brown concerning Bimbashi ‘Banger' King (Equatorial Corps) who was killed in 1945
SAD.741/8/24-25
1984 Nov 12
Letter from John Bromhead re operations with the Ethiopian Army against the ‘Shifta'
SAD.741/8/26-30
1977
An account by David Beales (Sudan Ministry of Education) of a journey to Jabal Marra, travelling by train from Babanusa to Nyala and on foot from Nierteti to Jabal Marra
4. Historical Material
SAD.741/8/31-38
1882-1884
Ts. copies of letters from Charles Davidson, 74th Highlanders and Egyptian Army written from the Sudan and Egypt
SAD.741/8/31-33
1882 Sep 19
From the Citadel, Cairo, to his grandmother describing the march to and action at Tel el Kebir and his arrival soon afterwards in Cairo
SAD.741/8/34
1883 Jan 6
From Cairo, to his aunt describing the terms under which he has joined the Egyptian Army
SAD.741/8/35-36
1884 Mar 11
From Suakin to his aunt describing the action at El Teb, criticising Gladstone's interference in battle arrangements and questioning Britain's role in the Sudan
SAD.741/8/37-38
1884 Dec 10
From Wadi Halfa to his aunt re his work during the relief expedition, moving animals to the front
SAD.741/8/39-45
[c. 1982]
Notes by Orlebar on the above letters, extracts of which appeared in the S.D.F. Dinner Club newsletter and covering letters from L.M. Buchanan and B. Brown
SAD.741/8/46-47
1898 Nov 19
Menu, band programme and list of guests present at a dinner to celebrate the 41st birthday of Lt. Col. F.J. Pink at Omdurman
5. Miscellanea
SAD.741/8/48-49
Copies of pencil sketches by L.E. Humphreys of the Temple of Abu Simbel and Jabal Kassala
SAD.741/8/50-52
1984
Brief synopsis of the history of the Mahdist family from 1884 until independence by A.D. Dodds-Parker, with note of pro-British feeling in present-day Sudan and the role of Australian troops during the Nile campaign
6. Photographic Material
SAD.729/28/1-24
Photographs of T.W. Davidson, Medical Officer with the Western Arab Corps, Darfur:
SAD.729/28/1
Officers of the Western Arab Corps
SAD.729/28/2
Officers of the Western Arab Corps in El Fasher, including Moseley and Scoones
SAD.729/28/3
Officers of the Western Arab Corps including Davidson, veterinary officers, Scoones and Moseley
SAD.729/28/4
Davidson standing in front of native canoe
SAD.729/28/5
Syrian Medical Officer who accompanied Davidson on a punitive patrol near Malakal
SAD.729/28/6
Davidson's truck stuck in mud on trek, being pulled out by natives
SAD.729/28/7
Women from the Nuba Mountains
SAD.729/28/8
`Umdah of an Arab tribe
SAD.729/28/9
On trek in the Bahr el Ghazal loading up
SAD.729/28/10
Davidson on polo pony in Darfur
SAD.729/28/11
Godfrey Maurice's niece on bull at a horse show
SAD.729/28/12
Chiefs' gathering with the Governor at a horse show in southern Darfur
SAD.729/28/13-15
Camels at horse show
SAD.729/28/16
Prize bull at show in Darfur
SAD.729/28/17
One of Davidson's polo ponies, Darfur
SAD.729/28/18
Suq
SAD.729/28/19
The Nile at Khartoum in front of the private residences
SAD.729/28/20
Nile steamer
SAD.729/28/21
R.A.F. plane, 1926, used to transport patients from outstations
SAD.729/28/22
Two amputees wearing artificial legs made by the P.W.D.
SAD.729/28/23
Treating a seriously ill child
SAD.729/28/24
Case of elephantiasis successfully operated on by Davidson at a horse show
SAD.742/1/1-2
1934
King's Day parade, Khartoum
SAD.742/1/3
1934 Apr
Latuka recruits
SAD.742/1/4-10
[c.1936-1940]
Group photographs of British and native officers of the S.D.F. (contact prints). Identification of some officers provided by Orlebar in 1938:
SAD.742/1/5
[1938]
S.D.F. H.Q. staff with corps and unit commanders, possibly at a Corps Commanders Conference. Back row-unidentified; Middle row, left to right:?; Lt. Col. Johnny Walker, O.C. Engineer Troops; Brig. P.D. Fabin, W.A.C. and Intelligence H.Q., S.D.F.; Lt. Col. A.B. Brown, Camel Corps; ? ; Col. H.A.R. Tilney, Sudan Horse; Brig. A.D.G. Orr, W.A.C., Northern Training Depot and E.A.C.; Maj. E.H.T. Boilean, Camel Corps and H.Q. S.D.F.; ? ; J.H.R. Orlebar, Equatorial Corps, Northern Training Depot, A.A.G. H.Q. S.D.F. and Frontier Battalion; Col. Salter, Sudan Signals; Brig. A.J. Knott, Engineer Troops and A.A.G. H.Q., S.D.F.; Maj. J.B. Reade, Camel Corps and D.A.A.G. H.Q. S.D.F.; ? . Front row, left to right - Brig. F.O. Cave, Equatorial Corps; ? , E.A.C.; Col. G. Renouf, Sudan Horse, Brig. R.G.W.H. Stone, Second-in-Command S.D.F.; Maj. Gen. H. Franklyn, Kaid; ? , an Egyptian officer commanding the Egyptian troops in the Sudan; Air Vice-Marshall S.D. Macdonald, Air Officer Commanding R.A.F. in the Sudan; Brig. Penruddock, H.Q. S.D.F.; Col. F.O. Henfrey, commanding Sudan Service corps
SAD.742/1/7
[1939-1940?]
Officers attending training course at the Northern Training Depot, Omdurman for British personnel from the Political Service and the Cotton Syndicate
SAD.742/1/8
Similar to 742/1/5 above, with officers wearing hats
SAD.742/1/9
[1939?]
Native officer's course, Orlebar and Lt. Col. W.T.P. Tilly seated centre
SAD.742/1/10
[1937-1938?]
Native officers' course, Orlebar and Brig. A.M. Finlaison seated centre
SAD.742/1/11-17
1938
Peter Upcher being carried across the wadi at Nyala during the rains to attend a court martial in Cockburn's house
SAD.742/1/18-19
1938
John Ready and Gerald Palmer on horseback
SAD.742/1/20
1938
Helping Gerald Palmer and his car across the wadi at Nyala
SAD.742/1/21
1941
David Fyffe at Wau
SAD.742/1/22
1942
Bimb. C.K. King at Juba
SAD.742/1/23
1945
Bimb. `Abd al-Razzaq at Keren
SAD.724/5/1-2
[n.d.]
A Nuba gathering at Ghulfan
SAD.742/2/1-8
1940-1941
Photographs of Kassala in Italian occupation, 3 Jul 1940 to 17 Jan 1941:
SAD.742/2/1
Georgio Filippini who took over the administration of Kassala after the Italian occupation
SAD.742/2/2-3
View of Jabal Kassala
SAD.742/2/4
Jabal Kassala from Sayyid Muhammad `Uthman's house
SAD.742/2/5
The Governor's house as Commando Piazza
SAD.742/2/6-8 R
epairing and rebuilding the Khatmia mosque (3)
SAD.742/2/9-12
1941
Photographs of Kassala in wartime, taken by B. Kennedy-Cooke, Governor Kassala:
SAD.742/2/9
The railway bridge over the R. Atbara at Khashm el Girba with detonating charges in position
SAD.742/2/10
A 9th Indian Infantry Brigade M.G. position
SAD.742/2/11
‘Nobby' Clarke
SAD.742/2/12
Headquarters staff, 9th Indian Infantry Brigade at Khashm el Girba, Oct 1941, including B. Kennedy-Cooke, Brig. Mayne, Woods and Tibbles
SAD.742/2/13-32
1941
Photographs of the Italian forces in Abyssinia, sent by the Duke of Aosta to J.A.A. Blaikie:
SAD.742/2/13
Duke of Aosta
SAD.742/2/14
Duke of Aosta with his officers, including Daniele, Honorati, Aldo Tait and Verin
SAD.742/2/15-28
The last stand of the Italian Army at its defensive positions at Amba Alagi, Apr to to May 1941
SAD.742/2/29-32
The Duke of Aosta leading the march past of the Italian troops
SAD.724/6-724/11
The following photographs are all of the S.D.F. during the Second World War, mostly in Kassala, Abyssinia and Tripoli. All are approximately 36 x 28 cms
SAD.724/6/1
Credon with the Frontier Battalion
SAD.724/6/2
The Frontier Battalion setting off on camel
SAD.724/6/3
Frontier Battalion at the surrender of Italian troops at Debra Markos in Abyssinia
SAD.724/6/4
Frontier Battalion at Gojjam
SAD.724/7/1
Frontier Battalion
SAD.724/7/2-3
Hugh Boustead with the Frontier Battalion
SAD.724/7/4
Leahay in camp
SAD.724/8/1
Parker and Guyatt in camp
SAD.724/8/2
Parker and Campbell with No. 5 Patrol Company at Shoghali on the Blue Nile in Abyssinia
SAD.724/8/3
Guyatt and Campbell in camp at Shoghali, 1941
SAD.724/9/1
7 Nuba Battalion en route to Egypt, 1942
SAD.724/9/2
7 Nuba Battalion in Tripolitania, 1942
SAD.724/9/3
7 Nuba Battalion parade in Tripoli, 1945. Ferguson commanding No. 5 Company
SAD.724/9/4
Men of the 7 Nuba Battalion
SAD.724/10/1
Group photograph - men of the 7 Nuba Battalion
SAD.724/10/2
Soldier of the 7 Nuba Battalion on motorbike
SAD.724/10/3
7 Nuba Battalion in camp at Bani Yusif(?)
SAD.724/10/4
Servicing army vehicles
SAD.724/11/1-3
Unidentified troops on the move - possibly Abyssinia
SAD.724/11/4
Unidentified officers
SAD.724/11/5
Troops setting off on foot, possibly Kassala
SAD.724/11/6
Army vehicles
7. Maps
SAD.741/9/1
[n.d.]
Copy map of Eritrea and Northern Abyssinia
scale:   1 in to 50 miles
Size: 17 x 20 cm
SAD.741/9/2
[n.d.]
Copy map of N.E. Africa
scale:   1 in to 250 miles
Size: 19.5 x 20 cm
8. Newspaper Cuttings
SAD.741/9/3-10
1942 Apr 21-23, 28
Copies of The Sudan Daily Herald containing a series of articles on “Incidents in the war in the Fung 1940-1941” from a talk by J.W. Robertson at the Cultural Centre
SAD.741/9/11-13
1977
Cutting from The Times concerning General Lunt's request for reminiscences from former colonial soldiers for inclusion in a book, with related correspondence
SAD.741/9/14-21
1979-1981
Obituaries:
SAD.741/9/14
1979 Nov 16
Maj. Gen. James (Johnny) Gifford, from the Western Gazette
SAD.741/9/15-18
1979 Nov 23
Air Vice Marshall Somerled Douglas MacDonald, from The Telegraph with covering letter from Bobby Popham to Orlebar describing his memorial service
SAD.741/9/19
1979 Dec 10
Sir Duncan Cumming, from The Telegraph
SAD.741/9/20
1980 Apr 5
Col. Sir Hugh Boustead, from The Daily Telegraph
SAD.741/9/21
1981 Apr 28
Sir Angus Gillan, from The Times
9. Printed Material
SAD.741/9/22
British Army journal no. 6 July 1951, including an article by Maj. Gen. L.G. Whistler on “The Sudan Defence Force” (pp.95-99) War Office, London 1951
SAD.741/9/23-24
The Sudan Defence Force Dinner Club. Rules and list of members 1963 … [and] … 1967, with annotations by Orlebar
(b) In Library
Durham University Library Printed material deposited with collection; now integrated into library and catalogued on OPAC. Orlebar, J.H.R. ed., The tales of the S.D.F. [1981]
Orelbar, J.H.R. ed., The story of the Sudan Defence Force (the Tales vol II) [1986]
Sudan, Civil Secretary's Department: Kassala at war, by B. Kennedy-Cooke (dupl.)