Eyre, V.E.F.
Introduction
Vincent Edward Frederick Eyre
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Personal Papers
2. Photographic Material
3. Maps
4. Museum Objects
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Eyre, V.E.F.
Dates of creation:
Extent: 0.5 box
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections: Sudan Archive
Created by: material relating to service in the Sudan
Language: English

Vincent Edward Frederick Eyre

(1914- )

1938-1941 Field Inspector with Kassala Cotton Company, Hassa Heissa District, Blue Nile Province
1941-1945 Seconded to Sudan Defence force. 2 M.M.G. Group, Eastern Arab Corps, Abyssinia and Kufra; 13th Infantry Battalion, Northern Arab Corps, Eritrea and Cyrenaica
1946-1949 A.D.C. Jur River District, Equatoria (from 1948 Bahr el Ghazal)
1949-1951 A.D.C. Southern District, Darfur
1951-1953 D.C. Northern District, Darfur
1953 Inspector Local Government, Darfur
1953-1955 D.C., Southern Fung District, Blue Nile Province
1955 Retired from Sudan Political Service


Arrangement

1. Personal Papers
2. Photographic Material
3. Maps
4. Museum Objects

Catalogue
1. Personal Papers
SAD.693/2/1-66
1946 May 30 - 1954 Aug 9
Typescript copies of letters from V.E.F.E. in the Sudan to his mother:
SAD.693/2/1
Author's index
SAD.693/2/2-7
1946 May 30
Arrival at Tonj, Equatoria Province to take up post of District Commissioner; first impressions of life in the ‘Bog'; description of work of a D.C.; the Dinka people and their cattle
SAD.693/2/8-11
1946 Nov 24
Life in Jur District; conference on Dinka bull meat trade, Wau; first experimental native local government administration in the Southern Sudan, set up at Gogrial; survey of Jur and Dinka tribes
SAD.693/2/12
1948 Sep 28
Visit of sister Margaret and return home to England
SAD.693/2/13-16
1948 Oct 24
Leave trip via Dongola and Merowe; tour by river of the inhabited part of the district
SAD.693/2/17
1949 Feb 14
[Extract from letter dated above]. The adventures of ‘Algenon', the baby white rhino; his maiden flight from Wau to Khartoum
SAD.693/2/18-22
1950 Apr 7
D.C., Southern Darfur; reorganisation of the local government framework; visit to Fasher; dealing with diseases in the province
SAD.693/2/23-27
1950 Dec 7
On trek in Southern Darfur; attendance at small agricultural show for the Fur tribe at Jebel Marra; excursion by mule to climb the Jebel Ugufu peak
SAD.693/2/28-32
1951 Dec 28
Christmas at El Fasher; account of several incidents occurring in the area around Tini (Sudanese frontier with French territory) since 1943 because of quarrels among tribes over gizzu grazing rights; meeting between French and English officials to improve relations; agreement drawn up for patrolling the gizzu grazing area
SAD.693/2/33-36
1952 Apr 4
Tribal gathering at Soderi, Northern Kordofan, to settle cases and discuss matters of common interest especially concerning gizzu grazing rights
SAD.693/2/37-38
1952 May 2
Weekend visit to Khartoum to discuss various problems of local government; exploring in the hills north of Kutum
SAD.693/2/39-47
1953 Jan 29
Trip to the northern part of Kutum District to find tribes grazing their camels on gizzu; encounters with the Kababish tribe of Northern Kordofan; visit to the police post at Bir Sendi and contact with the French police at Guguguru
SAD.693/2/48-50
1953 Feb 12
The Anglo-Egyptian Agreement
SAD.693/2/51-53
1953 Dec 17
Transfer from Kutum to Roseires, Blue Nile Province; Legislative Assembly elections; the Umma and National Unionist parties
SAD.693/2/54-57
1954 Jan 31
On tour in Southern Fung with the Governor; inspection of the Eastern Arab Corps; visit to dam site at Damazin
SAD.693/2/58-63
1954 Aug 1
3 week long mule trek covering 300 miles up the Blue Nile in the rainy season; description of flora; arrival at Geissan, a small customs, police and trading post on the Abyssinian frontier
SAD.693/2/63-64
1954 Aug 7
Two day halt at Kurmuk to check new administrative staff; return to Roseires via the Ingessana Hills and a short stay at Bau
SAD.693/2/64-66
1954 Aug 9
News of the Suez Canal Agreement and the first steps towards the Sudanization of remaining British posts in the administration and police force; names of Sudanese Governors-designate announced; outcome ofthe riots in Khartoum, 1 Mar
SAD.693/2/68
1954 Nov 13
Letter of appreciation to V.E.F.E. from the Prime Minister, Ismail al-Azhari, for his work with the Sudan Political Service
2. Photographic Material
SAD.871/8/1-62
1941- 1942
Photographs of the move of 2 Motor Machine Gun Group, Eastern Arab Corps, including 5 MMG Company, to Kufra Oasis, Nov 1941 to Mar 1942, to take over the garrisoning of Kufra Oasis, in support of the Long Range Desert Group and to give early warning of any enemy attempt to attack the Nile Valley supply route. Photographs mounted on album pages and with captions by V.E.F.E.:
SAD.871/8/1-3
Entraining armoured cars and lorries for the journey by rail to Wadi Halfa
SAD.871/8/4
Camp at Wadi Halfa
SAD.871/8/5
Replenishing water supplies
SAD.871/8/6-7
Lorries driving on to a Nile steamer at Wadi Halfa for the journey to the west bank
SAD.871/8/8-10
Crossing the Nile
SAD.871/8/11-15
Parade on the west bank at Wadi Halfa before setting off on the 650 miles journey to Kufra. Walter B.E. Brown and Muhammad Nasr appear in 871/8/13
SAD.871/8/16-17
Halt at the Gilf Kebir plateau, ‘about half way, the only landmark in an otherwise featureless desert'
SAD.871/8/18-19
Lorries stuck in soft sand
SAD.871/8/20-21
Night stop. ‘For large convoys the journey Wadi Halfa to Kufra took ten days'
SAD.871/8/22
View of Kufra, a group of oases covering an area 25 miles by 15 miles
SAD.871/8/23
El Tag fort on the hilltop, the garrison HQ
SAD.871/8/24-25
Kufra Oasis
SAD.871/8/26
Raising water by shaduf
SAD.871/8/27
Hangar, damaged when the Free French from Fort Lahmy, assisted by the Long Range Desert Group, captured Kufra from the Italians, Mar 1941
SAD.871/8/28-29
Raising water from a well
SAD.871/8/30
S.D.F. armoured car with Vickers MMG and a Boyes anti-tank rifle mounted in a revolving turret
SAD.871/8/31
Vickers MMG van, the main patrol vehicle
SAD.871/8/32
Three unidentified Sudanese soldiers
SAD.871/8/33
Shawish (Sgt.) Muhammad Abdu, Shawish `Uthman `Ali Adam and Shawish Badri Adam
SAD.871/8/34
Zighen [Zighan] Oasis, 120 miles north and west from Kufra, just a single water-hole and home for an outlying patrol
SAD.871/8/35
V.E.F.E.'s rakuba (palm hut) at Tazerbo, a larger oasis beyond Zighen to the west
SAD.871/8/36
V.E.F.E. wearing great coat and woollen hat against the winter temperatures, standing by lorry
SAD.871/8/37
Sand dunes
SAD.871/8/38
Vickers van on side of steep dune
SAD.871/8/39
V.E.F.E.
SAD.871/8/40
Walter Brown, O.C. 5 MMG Company
SAD.871/8/41
Unidentified British officer
SAD.871/8/42
Ward
SAD.871/8/43
Muhammad Nasr `Uthman, M.C.
SAD.871/8/44
Wakil Onbashi (L/Cpl) Idris Hamed, Armoured Cars Platoon
SAD.871/8/45
Bash Shawish (Company Sergeant Major) Muhammad `Uthman, Beni Amer
SAD.871/8/46
Shawish `Uthman Umar, A/Cars Platoon, Eritrean
SAD.871/8/47
Shawish `Uthman Adam, A/Cars Platoon, Eritrean
SAD.871/8/48
Shawish Badri Adam, Vans Platoon, Beni Amer
SAD.871/8/49
Shawish Muhammad Abdu, M.M. Vans Platoon, Somali
SAD.871/8/50
Shawish Muhammad `Ali `Abd Allah, ‘B' Infantry Platoon, Beni Amer
SAD.871/8/51
Shawish Mahmud `Ali, i/c drivers, Somali
SAD.871/8/52
Bash Shawish Babikr, Bash Temergi (Head Dresser)
SAD.871/8/53
Onbashi (Cpl.) `Abd Allah `Ali Ibrahim, Wakil Buluk Amin (Deputy Company Quartermaster Sergeant)
SAD.871/8/54
Onbashi Hasan Muhammad Nur, A/Cars Platoon
SAD.871/8/55
Onbashi Hagag Musa, A/Cars Platoon
SAD.871/8/56
Onbashi Muhammad `Ali Mundur, A/Cars Platoon
SAD.871/8/57
Onbashi Khalid Muhammad, Vans Platoon
SAD.871/8/58
Onbashi Muhammad al-Hasan `Ali Nasr, M.T. Fitter
SAD.871/8/59
Onbashi Adam Muhammad, M.T. Fitter
SAD.871/8/60
Wakil Onbashi Idris Hamed Shellai, A/Cars Platoon, Beni Amer
SAD.871/8/61
Wakil Onbashi Mansur Ahmad `Uthman, M.T. Fitter
SAD.871/8/62
Wakil Onbashi Ja`afar `Abd al-Bassit, ‘B' Infantry Platoon, Temergi, Bren Gunner
SAD.869/3/1-5
Postcards (all Tropical Photo Stores, Karakashian Bros.)
SAD.869/3/1
The Palace, Khartoum from the Nile (698)
SAD.869/3/2
Aerial view of Khartoum with the Palace in the foreground (769)
SAD.869/3/3
Hadanduwah warrior at Gebeit (864)
SAD.869/3/4
Shilluk man with distinctive headdress, Malakal (1005)
SAD.869/3/5
Three Shilluk men with distinctive headdresses, Malakal (1009)
3. Maps
SAD.693/2/67[MP]
1940
Map of the Libyan Desert, with air information supplied by the Air Ministry, 1940. Africa 1:2,000,000 series, compiled at the War Office, 1939
scale:   1 to 2,000,000
Size: (78 x 62 cms)
4. Museum Objects
G//S 1206/1
Hadanduwah knife with broad tooled leather belt and scabbard
G//S 1206/2
Wooden plaque bearing the symbol of the Eastern Arab Corps (Hadanduwah knife)
G//S 1206/3
Silver hat badge of the Eastern Arab Corps in the shape of a Hadanduwah knife