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Collection Level Description: Papers of Charles James Bagenal

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.2351
Title: Papers of Charles James Bagenal
Dates of Creation: 1900-1951
Extent: 4 volumes, 1 file
Name of Creator: Charles James Bagenal

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Charles James Bagenal, OBE (1919), was born in 1877, the son of B.F. Bagenal of Benekerry House, county Carlow, Ireland. He was educated at St. Mark's School, Windsor, and Camborne School of Mines. Bagenal served in the 45th (Dublin) Company of the Imperial Yeomanry (mounted infantry) during the South African War (1900-1902), and in the South African Horse, 1st Mounted Brigade, during World War One (where he took part in campaigns in German South West Africa, 1914-1915, and German East Africa, 1915-1918). In 1917 Bagenal became District Political Officer in Tanganyika Territory, later becoming Senior Commissioner (1920) and Provincial Commissioner (1926). He retired from the Colonial Administrative Service in 1931.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, diary and photographs of C.J. Bagenal comprising typescript copies of his letters home during the Boer War (1900-1902), with handwritten introduction and notes made in 1951; diary (typed at a later date) covering the East African Campaign (1915-1917), and three albums of photographs of Tanganyika, South Africa and Ireland (1914-1941).

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in January 2002.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Bagenal | Charles James | 1877-1955 | Soldier and Colonial Administrator

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Colonial administrators | Tanganyika

Tanganyika | Officials and employees

South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives

World War, 1914-1918 | Campaigns | German East Africa | Personal narratives

World War, 1914-1918 | Campaigns | German East Africa | Pictorial works

Africa | Pictorial works

Ireland | Pictorial works


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13 December 2011