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Papers of Sir Roland Clive Wallace Burn

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MS. 11636
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Papers of Roland Clive Wallace Burn comprising

  1. correspondence with his parents and sister, 1890-1895, with a letter from H. B. Allen, headmaster at Temple Grove School, reporting on his abilities, Jun 1895
  2. letters relating to Burn's time at Oriel College, Oxford, 1901-1905. Mainly letters written to his father concerning his studies, expenses and playing cricket for the Oxford University Cricket Club, including letters from the tour to the West Indies and Americas in 1905, and one letter about hunting in 1907. Also two letters, Oct 1901, to Mr Burn senior from the Junior Proctor reporting that his son had breached University discipline.
  3. letters to his wife, Phyllis, at the outbreak of the war and from training with his regiment in Canterbury, 1914-1915
  4. typed and photocopied manuscript extracts of letters to his wife from Gallipoli, 24 Sep-12 Dec 1915, and three versions of a diary written afterwards describing the evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula, 30 Dec 1915-10 Jan 1916 (two annotated typescripts and annotated photocopies of a few pages).
  5. letters to his wife from Palestine and Egypt, 1917, from Le Touquet, 7 Feb 1918, and from London and Lady Wernher's Hospital, Luton, May-Jun 1918, after being injured on the Western Front.


  • Creation: 1890-1918


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 11636

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11636


Papers of Sir Roland Clive Wallace Burn relating to his time at Oxford University and his military service during World War I.

Biographical / Historical

Roland Clive Wallace Burn was born in 1882 and attended Winchester College and Oriel College, Oxford. He was a member of the Oxford University Cricket XI and went on tour with the team to the West Indies in 1905. He qualified as a solicitor in 1908 and in 1912 married Phyllis Stoneham.

During World War I Burn was a member of the Sussex Yeomanry in the Machine Gun Section. He saw action at Gallipoli, arriving on 8 October 1915 on RMS Olympic, and was heavily involved in the evacuation from Gully Beach. He was transferred to Egypt in 1916 where he was involved in the Suez Canal defence force and then, seconded to the 74th (Yeomanry) Division of the Machine Gun Corps, he took part in the invasion of Palestine in 1917-1918. After being transferred to the Western Front he was wounded on 24 March 1918 during the German offensive.

From 1936 to 1954 Burn served as Secretary and Keeper of the Records of the Duchy of Cornwall and was also Solicitor to the Duchy of Cornwall from 1940 to 1954. He was knighted in 1948 and died in 1955.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sir Roland Burn's grandson in 2015.

Papers of Sir Roland Clive Wallace Burn
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom