March 24, 2009, (unprocessed) 200 items, 0.75 cubic feet; Papers (1914-1988, undated) of an enlisted man in the 1st Battalion, 4th Queen?s West Surrey Territorial Regiment (Reserve) in India during World War I, 1914-1917; he later served in India and Egypt in the Royal Flying Corps, 1917-1918; includes primarly letters to his parents, in South Norwood, Surrey, England; also contains letters from George Courtice to his sister Ruby R. Courtice, during his residency in Durban, South Africa, 1928-1935; also includes miscellaneous family letters, clippings, ephemera, Indian postage stamps, Our Empire in Arms Program by the Loreto Convent, Darjeeling, Nepal, and Photographic prints of India. See preliminary inventory attached. Purchased. 2 boxes. 200 items. 604 p. (ca. 0.75 cubic feet) Recd. 11/23/2008. Note: Purchased ($5,500) with state funds from Carmen D. Valentino, American Historical Manuscripts, Catalog #67, Item #47 (2008). The 4th Regiment was part of the 44th (Home Counties) Division that was sent to India in October 1914 to replace regular units sent to France. The Royal Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force in 1918. Balcombe was a private in 4th Queens; when he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps he became an Air Man 2nd class; he later was promoted to Air Man 1st class. Donor: Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books & Manuscripts
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David Balcombe Papers (#1140), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books & Manuscripts