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Collection Level Description: Papers of Maitland Baron Jobson

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2328
Title: Papers of Maitland Baron Jobson
Dates of Creation: 1888-c1977
Extent: 2 boxes
Physical Description: Some of the collection was initially mounted and annotated, possibly by Jane Phillipson, the original donor's mother.

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Maitland Baron Jobson (1868-c1960) joined the militia in Cork, Ireland before becoming a trooper in the Bechuanaland Border Police, c1891. In 1893 he took a post as a customs officer, Palapye, with the rank of corporal. In 1894 he travelled to Bulawayo where he built up his own baker's business and share in a stone quarry. In 1895 he joined the British South Africa Company Volunteers, then the Matabele Mounted Police, with whom he served in the Rhodesia and Mashonaland campaigns of 1896-1897. In 1899 he contracted malaria and returned to England. In 1900 he rejoined the Cork Artillery as a captain. In 1901 he returned to South Africa with brief spells as Commandant in Vanrhynsdorp, Cape Colony, Registrar of Claims in Harrismith, Orange Free State, and commander of various forts, Pretoria. He travelled back to England in 1902, attending training events with the Cork Royal Garrison Artillery, 1903-1905. He served as Adjutant of the 4th Durham Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers), 1906-1909, was promoted to Major in the Special Reserve, 1908 and Lieutenant-Colonel, 1912. From 1909 to 1913 he held the post of Secretary of the Unionist Association in North Wiltshire. He then served as Provincial Secretary and Organising Secretary of the junior branches of the Primrose League. He fought in World War One with the Royal Artillery. In 1917 he married Millicent Amelia Davies. He died c1960 in Guildford, Surrey.

Scope and Content

Letters to his family from South Africa, c1892-1901; journal, 1901-1904; miscellaneous papers concerning career, 1888-[c1935]; particulars of service, letters of recommendation and correspondence with the War Office concerning pension, 1892-1932; part of personal scrapbook, with loose related papers, [1891-c1977]; photographs, including family, fighting units and Boer War, [c1891-1943].

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers including correspondence relating to service in the Boer War, family correspondence, photographs and news cuttings were donated to the library by Donald J.C. Phillipson, Jobson's great grandson, in May 1992.


Letters to parents, 1892-1898, written from Macloustie, Palapye, Salisbury and Bulawayo, donated by Jane Phillipson, Jobson's niece, on 5th October 1994; photographs, drawing, and regimental sports programme (Cork Artillery), 1890-1903, donated by Donald Robathan, Jobson's nephew, in November 1994.

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Finding Aids

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Access Points

Jobson | Maitland Baron | 1868-c1960 | Lt-Colonel

Africa | History | 1884-1918

Zimbabwe | History | Ndebele War, 1893

South Africa | Decription and travel | Views

South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives, British

South African War, 1899-1902 | Pictorial works

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24 February 2012