David Balcombe Papers, 1914-1988, undated

Manuscript Collection #1140

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Title: David Balcombe Papers
Creators: Balcombe, David
Courtice, George
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.75 Cubic feet, 200 items .

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Accessions Information

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

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

David Balcombe Papers (#1140), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books & Manuscripts

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, March 24, 2009


Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1#1140.1
    • Folder 1.a#1140.1.1.a
      David Balcombe (Pvt) H Company, 4th Queens Territorial Regiment, Headquarters, Canterbury, England - HM Troopship GRANTULLY CASTLE (HMT E812) - Trimulgherry, Secunderababad, India. Letters to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (10 Oct. - 31 Dec. 1914) Holograph Mss. 14 items. 42 p.
    • Folder 1.b#1140.1.1.b
      David Balcombe (Pvt) 3d Platoon, A Company, 4th Queens Territorial Regiment, Trimulgherry, Secunderababad - Outram Barracks, Lucknow, India. Letters to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (7 Jan. - 17 June 1915) Holograph Mss. 19 items. 62 p.
    • Folder 1.c#1140.1.1.c
      David Balcombe (Pvt) 3d Platoon, A Company, 4th Queens Territorial Regiment, Outram Barracks, Lucknow, India. Letters to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (1 July - 23 Dec. 1915) Holograph Mss. 23 items. 77 p.
    • Folder 1.d#1140.1.1.d
      David Balcombe (Pvt) 3d Platoon, A Company, 4th Queens Territorial Regiment, Lucknow, India; 3d Platoon, Company A, 4th Queens, Old Lower Gharial, Murree [Hills] - Nowshera, India. Letters to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (6 Jan. - 28 Dec. 1916) Holograph Mss. 42 items. 134 p.
    • Folder 1.e#1140.1.1.e
      David Balcombe (2nd Air Man) 31st Squadron Aircraft Park, Royal Flying Corps, Risalpur - Bombay, India - SS MITHA - Aboukir, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Egypt. Letters to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (3 Jan. - 20 Dec. 1917) Holograph Mss. 27 items. 82 p.
    • Folder 1.f#1140.1.1.f
      David Balcombe. (2nd Air Man - 1st Air Man ) 31st Squadron Aircraft Park, Royal Flying Corps - ARS Wireless Section, Royal Air Force, Aboukir, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Egypt. Letters to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (1 Jan. - 1 Sept. 1918) Holograph Mss. 13 items. 31 p.
    • Folder 1.g#1140.1.1.g
      Telegrams to Parents, 113 Albert Rd., South Norwood, Surrey, England (1914, 1919) Holograph Mss. 2 items. 2 p.

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