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Guide to the Desmond F. Anderson Diaries, 29 January 1927 - 31 December 1930

Summary

Desmond Frances Anderson was Lt. Col. of the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment in 1927, serving in China and India until 1930. The Desmond F. Anderson diaries comprise 4 volumes (approximately 650 pages) of corrected typescript, accompanied by maps, sketches, postcards, photo postcards, and a few printed items tipped in, all detailing Anderson's service in China and India between 1927 and 1930.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11744
Title
Desmond F. Anderson diaries,
Date
29 January 1927 - 31 December 1930
Creator
Anderson, Desmond F. (Desmond Frances), Sir, 1885-1967
Extent
4 Linear Feet, 4 volumes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Desmond F. Anderson diaries comprise 4 volumes (approximately 650 pages) of corrected typescript, accompanied by maps, sketches, postcards, photo postcards, and a few printed items tipped in, all detailing Anderson's service in China and India between 1927 and 1930. Entries are marked by date and location; locations include mainly Tientsin, China, and Lucknow, India, although there are also entries for travel to and from other locations. The majority of entries are written by Desmond, with a few by his wife, Hope. Anderson also quotes her letters. Anderson routinely records his regimental duties, including office work, discipline, planning tactical exercises and trainings, promotion exercises, and reconnaissance. He then describes his freetime activities, including sports, dining, excursions, and entertaining visitors. Anderson comments at length on Westerners and their views of the Chinese and Indians.

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Arrangement

Volumes organized by year.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Desmond F. Anderson Diaries, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1927
Box 1
1928
Box 2
1929
Box 3
1930
Box 4
 

Historical Note

Desmond Frances Anderson was Lt. Col. of the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment in 1927, serving in China and India until 1930. Anderson eventually became a Lietenant-General, commanding the II Corps during World War II. He retired from the Army in 1944.


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Provenance

The Desmond F. Anderson Diaries were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, May, 2019

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2019-0043