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MS 336 Papers of Frederick Dudley Samuel

Frederick Dudley Samuel

Frederick Dudley Samuel , CBE, DSO (1877-1951) was the son of Joseph Samuel and became a Director of M.Samuel and Company Limited. He was educated at the City of London School. Samuel served in the South African war, 1901-2, and then with the British Expeditionary Forces in France, 1915-18. He was awarded the DSO with bar in 1917 and was made a CBE in 1938. In 1909 Samuel married Dorothy Salaman.

About the collection

The collection consists mainly of correspondence written on an almost daily basis by Samuel to his fiancée and, subsequently, wife, Dorothy, 1909-18: from 1915-18, when he is part of the British Expeditionary Force in France, these letters depict in grim detail life at the front line.

An additional item is a letter from Samuel to his sister-in-law, Bessie, written 1 August 1914, with two pen and ink sketches on the first page discussing the imminent outbreak of World War I. The sketches show a soldier in uniform with a pistol in one hand and a sword in the other, next to the figure of the young woman.

Date range:


Former references:

A2097, A4182


4 boxes


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