• Title
    Alan F. Ardley papers
  • Reference
    TEMP MSS 452
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  • Scope and Content
    Box 1; (1/1) 2 small diaries for 1918 and 1919 and one notebook which has become unbound and possibly out of order, undated, (1916-1918?); (1/2) administrative documents including a passport for Alan F. Ardley, drivers licence, his declaration form for the FAU, Red Cross Chevron certificate confirming service, an identity card for Mary A. Ardley, a pamphlet on military drivers orders, some correspondence and a handwritten list of the contact details of the members of SSA 14 of the FAU and correspondence regarding his award of the Croix de Guerre, this folder also contains a school report for Ardley from Saffron Walden dated 1911; (1/3) newspaper cuttings from the time, mostly reporting the bombardment of Ypres; (1/4) posters and flyers relating to the leisure activities of SSA 14 and a French propaganda poster; (1/5) photographs and postcards; (1/6) German documents and a concert programme in French; (1/7) World War I campaign medals: the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Allied Victory Medal and the Croix de Guerre, all awarded to Alan F. Ardley; (1/8) 2 metal Red Cross badges; (1/9) a pen with a carved handle in ivory or bone and a brass cutlery set consisting of a knife, fork and spoon with handles made from brass bullet casings each with a badge attached featuring Reims Cathedral; (1/10) items of German origin including samples of paper and cloth and a grey woollen shoulder strap embroidered '105' in red and labelled "shoulder strap given by a prisoner of the 105th Saxon Regiment"; (1/11) a roll of bandage and a small glass bottle labelled 'tetanusheilserum' (German anti-tetanus serum); (1/12) 'Section Sanitaire Anglaise Quatorze 1915-1919: An account of the activities in Belgium and Northern France of a Section of the Friends' Ambulance Unit', edited by H. Lidbetter and N. Monk-Jones (published for private circulation in 1919); (1/13) 'Friends' Ambulance Unit. List of Members and Addresses', published by the Committee of the FAU, 1919; (1/14) 'Two Years with the French Army: Section Sanitaire Anglaise 19', An account of the work of a Motor-Ambulance Convoy of the Friends' Ambulance Unit, B. R. C. S., 1916-1918', Pelican Press, 1919; (1/15) 'The Peak of the Load' by Mildred Aldrich, Boston 1918; (1/16) SSA football match poster (outsize); (1/17) British Red Cross medallion on cord, British Red Cross & Order of St John of Jerusalem certificate in recognition of service, 1919, and badge of Valentine Club for Handicapped People; (1/18) 4 photographs (2 aerial shots of battlefields, and 2 of FAU ambulances) and 3 postcards from Alan Ardley (two sent to his mother in 1919 and 1929, and one unsent dated 1917). Box 2: various maps of north and north-east France, three published Michelin guides to battlefields (Ypres, Somme and L'Yser), and a collection of blank postcards. (Also included is a notebook of items in the collection by Frank Ardley).
  • Extent
    2 boxes and 1 outsize item
  • Level of description
  • Existence and location of copies
    The published items are also available in our printed collections in the Library, except 'The Peak of the Load' by Mildred Aldrich.
  • Condition governing access
  • Creator
    • Ardley, Alan Frederick, 1896-1978
      This series contains papers and items relating to Alan F. Ardley's time serving with Section Sanitaire Anglaise 14 (SSA 14) of the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) during World War I. Ardley was a member of the FAU from July 1915 to Feb 1919 and was based around Dunkirk.
  • Archival history
    Deposit minuted in Library Committee minutes 79/37d (31st Aug 1979). One further accrual at a later date has been added to the collection; see accession number 11998.
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