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Archive of General Sir Archibald Hunter GCB GCVO DSO TD LLD
at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.

Kitchener - Hunter Letters in the First World War

Letter to Hunter from Kitchener, dated 11 Aug 1914, from 2 Carlton Gardens, SW.

“My dear Hunter,
I hope soon to find you a post. I want men first so help by getting Scotchmen to join they are rather slow coming. I want a Scotch Division.

Accession Number: KO2686/115

Letter from Hunter to Kitchener dated 13 Dec 1914 from Headquarters Training Centre, Aldershot with a pencil reply on rear from Kitchener to Hunter, undated.

“Headquarters, Training Centre, Aldershot
13 Dec 1914
My dear Lord Kitchener
I and all under me here, are naturally thinking about the future, and how we can best help to train the New Armies for War.
In this purpose, I have drawn up the enclosed proposal, but before sending it to Secretary, War Office, I submit it to you for approval.
As regards composition of Staffs, I could offer you some suggestions, if you wished.
There is one question I absolutely should like you to answer when you can, and that is, in what command you intend to employ me.
Yours very sincerely,
Archibald Hunter”

On the rear of this letter, in pencil, is written:
“My dear Hunter
If all goes well I shall try and carry out your scheme of concentration in fact I had already considered the matter. By February we shall know how things are going to work out and before then I hope I shall be able to answer you query.

Accession Number: KO2686/116

Letter to Hunter from Kitchener, dated 1 Apr 1915

War Office
Whitehall, SW
1st April 1915
My dear Hunter
The question of how the New Armies will go out has been recently under discussion. The idea of breaking them up with Brigades has been abandoned but at least for the first New Army it has been better to send them out by Divisions if they join the army in France.
There is no necessity to make this known at present but I let you know at once. I am sure the troops you have trained so well will do you the utmost credit and that you will remain at Aldershot as our principal training centre where you have done such excellent service to the country.
Yours very truly

Accession Number: KO2686/117

Letter to Hunter from Kitchener, dated only ‘8th’ probably 8 Feb 1915

“War Office
Whitehall, SW
My dear Hunter
Apparently your divisions as well as the division of the 1st Army at Shorncliffe cannot move as I wanted them to do on war conditions. They would be very little use if an enemy invaded us I think we shall have to make some change in the divisional Generals. Will you try them all by practising the division at moving out for a day then two and then more.
Yours very truly

Accession Number: KO2686/118


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