Fonds RC0464 - John Innes Merrylees fonds

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John Innes Merrylees fonds

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  • 1914-1919 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records and realia

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John Innes Merrylees began his service as a rifleman with the 1st Battalion, 5th City of London Regiment, on the Western Front. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. He later became a captain in the Middlesex Regiment, attached to the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment which formed part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

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Fonds consists of a diary kept by Merrylees from 1914-1918. From 1914-1916 it exists in typescript form only. From January 1917 to November 1917 his diary exists in manuscript and typescript form. Diary entries from March to June 1918 are handwritten on loose sheets. The date that the typescript was created is not known. The fonds also consists of orders issued by the adjutant, Captain Colin Dunean, Queen's Regiment, and Merrylees's correspondence with the adjutant, 1918; maps, predominately of Europe but also one of Gaza; Merrylees's commission certificate, and various printed materials and realia, including his Middlesex regiment insignia.

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Fonds was purchased at Sotheby's auction of 17 December 1975, lot 77 by Bertram Rota for McMaster University.


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Portions of Merrylees' diary are available digitally as part of the British Forces in the Middle East Case Study on Peace and War in the 20th Century online exhibit.

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