McCOMAS, Richard Geoffrey
Introduction
Richard Geoffrey McCOMAS
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Correpondence
2. Memoirs
3. Photographic Material
4. Miscellanea
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: McCOMAS, Richard Geoffrey
Dates of creation: 1898- 1982
Extent: 3 files
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: material relating to service in the Sudan
Language: English

Richard Geoffrey McCOMAS

(1916- )

1939-1940 A.D.C. Gedaref, Kassala
1940-1941 Governor-General's Temporary Commission as Bimbashi in the S.D.F.
1941-1942 Seconded to O.E.T.A. (Eritrea and Ethiopia)
1942-1944 S.D.F.
1944 A.D.C. Damer, Northern Province
1944-1945 Aide de Camp and Assistant Private Secretary to the Governor-General
1945-1948 A.D.C. Lakes District, Equatoria
1948-1951 D.C. Lakes District, Bahr el Ghazal
1951-1954 Local Government Inspector, Kordofan
1954 Deputy Governor, Kordofan
1954 Retired from Sudan service

For McComas' own notes on these items, see 880/9/8-11.


Arrangement

1. Correspondence
2. Memoirs
3. Photographic material
4. Miscellanea

Catalogue
1. Correpondence
SAD.880/9/1
1902 Feb 27
Letter from Lord Cromer to Captain W.S.R. May of the Finance Department (Assistant Financial Secretary 1901-1916 and a relative of a former friend of McComas), concerning the finances of the Gordon College
SAD.880/9/2-4
1945 Oct 6
Letter from Lady Constance Huddleston, wife of the Governor-General, to McComas's mother, concerning her regret that his service as Aide de Camp to her husband has come to an end
2. Memoirs
SAD.815/9/1-12
1982
R.G. McComas' recollections of the Sudan Political Service, including the selection boards (815/9/2); first trek in Kassala Province (815/9/3- 4); posting to the Palace as Aide de Camp to the Governor-General (815/9/5-6); period in Lakes District, including an occasion when he was carried to his house and locked in (815/9/7-8); career since leaving the Sudan (815/9/9-12)
3. Photographic Material
SAD.878/3/1-7
c. 1898 - 1927]
Photographs formerly belonging to Captain W.S.R. May, Finance Department:
SAD.878/3/1
c. 1898
The Mahdi's tomb, Omdurman, after the bombardment
SAD.878/3/2
c. 1898
Riverside frontage of Gordon's palace, Khartoum, the Union and Egyptian flags flying above the ruins
SAD.878/3/3
c. 1899
Three Egyptian Army officers and two servants standing in front of mud building
SAD.878/3/4
c. 1901
W.S.R. May with pet dog, standing by the gates of a house
SAD.878/3/5
c. 1902
British officer in horse-drawn trap, wearing black armband, possibly for Queen Victoria
SAD.878/3/6
24 Apr 1912
W.S.R. May, Sayyid `Ali al-Mirghani and S. Skirmunt, Assistant Director of Forests sitting on the verandah of J.B. Christopherson's house
SAD.878/3/7
1927
Signed photograph of General Baron Sir Rudolph von Slatin (died 1932)
SAD.878/3/8-14
1945 - 1950
Photographs from McComas' Sudan service:
SAD.878/3/8
1945
Official photograph of the Governor-General's personal staff at the Palace, Khartoum 1945. Standing between the standard bearers: Harold Blood, Assistant Comptroller and Miralai Husayn Bey Tahir. Seated left to right: McComas, Major General Sir Hubert Huddleston, Lady Constance Huddleston and W.H.T. Luce, Private Secretary and Comptroller
SAD.878/3/9
1949
Aliab Dinka porters carrying luggage for R.G.M. and T.R.H. Owen across river during trek in 1949
SAD.878/3/10-11
1949- 1950
Pakam Dinka villages including houses on stilts, 60 miles north of Rumbek, Bahr el Ghazal Province
SAD.878/3/12
1950 Dec
Box-crib bridge over the River Naam during construction
SAD.878/3/13-14
1950
Elephants in Aliab Dinka country, Bahr el Ghazal Province
SAD.880/9/5
1945
Photograph of a scene from “Canaries sometimes sing”, an amateur dramatic production. Left to right: Peter Notman, Frances Renouf, Pat Grady and McComas (See also below)
4. Miscellanea
SAD.880/9/6-7
1945
Programme for a production of “Canaries sometimes sing” by the Khartoum Repertory Company in the Mitchell Cotts Staff Theatre (see also photograph above)