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Memoirs of Captain H.J.C. Leland

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MSS. Afr. s. 2221

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Three volumes of memoirs, typed from his own note-book and diaries, and partly compiled from his correspondence.

  1. Travels in West and West Central Africa, January 1897-April 1898 while serving in the Gold Coast Constabulary, with copies of letters and papers relating to the period in an appendix at the back of the volume
  2. African travels, November 1898-November 1899
  3. Description of the period 1900-November 1901 including the Ashanti, and April 1902-April 1903 in the Gold Coast, with part of a diary concerning a visit to Southern Nigeria in June 1913


  • Creation: 20th century


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MSS. Afr. s. 2221

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 2900

Biographical / Historical

Captain Herbert John Collett Leland (1873-1931), DSO (1900), entered the 5th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1890, served with the Gold Coast Constabulary, 1896-1900, and received a direct commission into the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1900. He served as Captain and Adjutant, Gold Coast Regiment, West African Frontier Force, 1900-1903, Adjutant, 5th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1904-1909, and was promoted into the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment, 1909. He served in the British Expeditionary Force, France, 1916-1918, and retired in 1920. In 1902 he married Lena Duncan, with whom he had one son and two daughters.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The memoirs were donated by Captain Leland's daughter, through the good offices of A.C. Russell, on 12th March 1997.

Memoirs of Captain H.J.C. Leland
Paul Davidson
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom