Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.
Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing email@example.com. Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.
Major-General Sir John Ponsonby (1866-1952) began his career in the army in 1887 and served in Matabeleland (1893-1894), Uganda (1888-1889), and South Africa (1899-1900). During the First World War he served as BrigadierGeneral commanding the 2nd Guards Brigade (1915-1917), temporary Major-General commanding 40th Division (1917-1918), and MajorGeneral commanding 5th Division. In the 1920s and 1930s he served as General Officer commanding Madras District (1922-1926), and Colonel of the Suffolk Regiment (1925-1939). During the Second World War Sir Ponsonby commanded the 7th Cumberland Battalion of the Home Guard (1940-1941). He was awarded the DSO (1900), CMG (1915), CB (1918) and KCB (1927).
Diary of military expedition through British East Africa to the Congo, 1898-1899, with a march through Naivasha and Mumias to Unyoro where Sir Ponsonby commanded Sudanese troops in the Uganda Mutiny. Microfilm.
Bodleian reader's ticket required.Reproduction Restrictions
No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
Listed as no. 933 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Ponsonby | John | 1866-1952 | Sir | Knight Major General
Kenya | Description and travel
Congo | Description and travel