Harwood, Frank Lester
Introduction
Frank Lester Harwood
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
2. Memoirs
3. Miscellanea
4. Photographic Material
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Harwood, Frank Lester
Dates of creation: ca. 1923-1970
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

Frank Lester Harwood

(1899-1975)

1923-1925 District Engineer, Kassala Railhead, Sudan Railways and Steamers
1925-1928 District Engineer, Khartoum
1928-1929 District Engineer, Gedaref
1929-1932 District Engineer, Atbara
1932-1933 District Engineer, Kosti
1933-1934 District Engineer, Atbara
1935-1936 Maintenance Engineer (Projects), Atbara
1937-1940 New Works Engineer, Atbara
1940-1941 Assistant Chief Engineer, Atbara
1941-1948 Acting Chief Engineer/Chief Engineer
1948 Retired


Arrangement

1. Official Papers
2. Memoirs
3. Miscellanea
4. Photographic Material

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
SAD.779/4/1-10
1945 Dec 15
‘An account of some civil engineering work carried out by the Sudan Railways during the war', a paper written by F.L.H. at Atbara
2. Memoirs
SAD.779/4/11-59
[1960's]
‘My years in the Sudan' - memoirs by F.L.H. of his life and work in the Sudan
SAD.779/4/12
Chapter 1
Introduction - assessment of Sudan Railways at the time of F.L.H.'s appointment, 1923
SAD.779/4/13-21
Chapter 2: The Kassala Railway (1923-25)
Interview; appointment; journey to Sudan; purchasing supplies in Khartoum; travel to railhead camp from Haiya Junction; meeting with G.R. Storrar; description of work constructing the line from Abu Tikr to Derudeb; list of staff; repair of washouts; appointed District Engineer, Kassala line; departure of the Railway Battalion, 1924
SAD.779/4/22-26
Chapter 3: District Engineer, Khartoum (1925-28)
Table showing the organisation of the Engineering Department; reorganisation of the work of the section gangs; replacement of sleepers; marriage in 1927; trip from Khartoum to Atbara by motor trolley with the Kaid, General Huddleston; problems caused by the rainy season; low levels of salaries
SAD.779/4/26-28
Chapter 4: District Engineer, Gedaref (1928-29)
Description of duties; contacts with Eastern Arab Corps, including Orde Wingate; outbreak of typhoid; construction of the Gedaref/Sennar line
SAD.779/4/29-31
Chapter 5: Town Engineer, Atbara (1929-31)
Responsible for new works; effects of the world slump; reduction in staffing
SAD.779/4/31-32
Chapter 6: District Engineer, Kosti (1932-33)
Other British staff at Kosti; work consisted mainly of maintenance
SAD.779/4/33-34
Chapter 7: District Engineer "North" and maintenance Engineer "Projects" (1934-36)
Tour of antiquities near Halfa with Mr. & Mrs. C.J. Hunter; excursion to Meroitic pyramids at Kareima; lack of work
SAD.779/4/34-40
Chapter 8: New Works Engineer (1936-40)
Main project was Kosti Transhipment Station; introduction of the ‘standard railway brick'; preparation of a ‘washout' scale of dry rations; outbreak of war
SAD.779/4/40-42
Chapter 9: Interlude, Sudan Auxiliary Defence Force (1940-43)
No. 2 Anti-Aircraft Company; Italian raids on Atbara
SAD.779/4/42-48
Chapter 10: Assistant Chief Engineer (1940-41)
Enlargement of Wadi Halfa station; Italian capture of Kassala; work on surveys for a light railway from Qala`en Nahl to Gallabat, from Gedaref to Rashid and from Melawiya to Tessenei in Eritrea; construction of line to Tessenei and station there
SAD.779/4/48-59
Chapter 11: Acting Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer (1941-48)
Choice of Asst. Chief Engineer; reorganisation of department; projects undertaken; introduction of scheme for training Sudanese staff and of promotion committees; leave in Kenya; rise in cost of living; coping with highest Nile on record in 1946
SAD.779/4/60-64
1962
‘Good news is no news', an article by F.L.H. giving his impressions of the Sudan during a return visit in Feb-Mar 1962
3. Miscellanea
SAD.779/4/65-73
Verses by F.L.H.: ‘There is another rapture'; ‘Sudan afternoon'; ‘The old Arab:' ‘To ...'; ‘The English sky'; ‘Sonnet on Phyllis's birthday August 1940'; ‘Spring and Summer'; and ‘Sudan dances'
4. Photographic Material
SAD.778/6/1
1923 Dec
F.L.H. on camel back at Derudeb
SAD.778/6/2-3
F.L.H.'s house at Atbara
SAD.778/6/4-6
Erkowit:
SAD.778/6/4
New cottages at Erkowit
SAD.778/6/5-6
Mr. Deakin in front of the new dairy at Erkowit
SAD.778/6/7-9
Group photographs of S.A.D.F. including F.L.H.