Spence, B.H.H.
Spence, Basil Hamilton Hebden

1. Personal Papers
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Spence, B.H.H.
Dates of creation: 1915-1980
Extent: 2 files
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections: Sudan Archive
Created by: material relating to service in the Sudan
Language: English

Spence, Basil Hamilton Hebden

(1888 - 1974) (Later Sir Basil Neven-Spence)

1911 Lieutenant, RAMC
1914-1924 Seconded to the Egyptian Army
1916 Senior Medical Officer, Kordofan, including service with the Darfur expeditionary force
1917-1918 Service at Kantara in Egypt
1918-1920 Organiser of sleeping sickness campaign in the Bahr el Ghazal
1920-1922 Government Bacteriologist, Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories
1924 Reverted to the British Army
1927 Retired from army service
1935-1950 MP for Orkney and Shetland


1. Personal Papers


Presented by Miss M.K. Macdonald, 1980

1. Personal Papers
(The originals of these letters are held with the papers of Sir Basil Neven-Spence in the Shetland Archives)
[1915- 1917]
Xerox copies of letters from Spence in the Sudan, to his mother:
1915 Feb 1
On trek from Yei to Kajo Kaji
1916 Dec 12
Trekking to meet up with Huddleston's column after the death of `Ali Dinar, Darfur campaign
1917 Feb 11
On trek in Darfur and the French Congo; mopping-up operations after the Darfur expedition; meeting with the Sultan of Dar Kubbi
1917 Mar 2
Continuation of above; rock worship at Fotigiti
1917 Mar 13
At Jebel Berti; continuation of operations against the Goraan; description of the murder of an Egyptian officer who deserted to `Ali Dinar
1980 May
List and précis of letters written by Spence to his mother and father from the Sudan and Egypt, now held in the Shetland Archives, Lerwick. List compiled by M. Macdonald.
The letters describe his work on the Sleeping Sickness Commission at Yei, western Mongalla, service as S.M.O. for Kordofan Province (from 1916), including the aftermath of the Darfur campaign, service with the Egyptian Army in Egypt at Kantara (1917-1918), sleeping sickness work in the Bahr el Ghazal (1918-1920), appointment to the Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories in Khartoum (1920-1922) and secondment to Wadi Halfa