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Lieutenant Colonel Alfred McNair Dykes, 1st and 2nd Battalions, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.  1885 -1914

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bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his parents 3 Jul 1885 regarding holidays and general small talk.
Accession Number: KO2654/001
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother, 28 Feb 1886 from Trinity College, Glenalmond.
Accession Number: KO2654/002
bulletEnvelope to Mrs W Alston Dykes, The Orchard, Hamilton postmarked 1 Mar 1886
Accession Number: KO2654/003
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother, 10 Mar 1886 from Trinity College, Glenalmond. Not long before he was 12 years old. Writing about Ash Wednesday and general small talk.
Accession Number: KO2654/004
bulletEnvelope to Mrs W Alston Dykes, The Orchard, Hamilton postmarked 11 Mar 1886.
Accession Number: KO2654/005
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother, 14 Mar 1886 from Trinity College Glenalmong. With thanks for cake etc.
Accession Number: KO2654/006
bulletEnvelope to Mrs W Alston Dykes, The Orchard, Hamilton postmarked 15 Mar 1886
Accession Number: KO2654/007
bulletCommission for Alfred McNair Dykes, Gent, 2nd Lieutenant Land Forces The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment dated 11 Dec 1894
Accession Number: KO2654/008
bulletLetter Mar 1898 from Dr Melville who assisted Alfred Dykes when he had fever.
Accession Number: KO2654/009
bullet‘Transvaal War Fund’ not of sums and dated 20 Dec 1899
Accession Number: KO2654/010
bulletLetter from the War Office to Lieutenant A M Dykes 28 Mar 1900 regarding promotion to Captain ‘having been on active service in South Africa’
Accession Number: KO2654/011
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother, 9 Aug 1900 on the note paper of the S S Armenian, Leyland Line Boston Steamers. Written as the ship sailed taking Dykes back to South Africa. Sheet one of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/012
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother, 9 Aug 1900 on the note paper of the S S Armenian, Leyland Line Boston Steamers. Written as the ship sailed taking Dykes back to South Africa. Sheet two of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/013
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother, 9 Aug 1900 on the note paper of the S S Armenian, Leyland Line Boston Steamers. Written as the ship sailed taking Dykes back to South Africa. Sheet three of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/014
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother 11 Sep 1900 from the Imperial Hotel Martizburg, Natal.
Accession Number: KO2654/015
bulletCopy of letter from Lieutenant Colonel F B Matthews, Commanding 2nd Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment to The Staff Office, Dundee Sub District, Dundee, Natal, 9 Nov 1901 recommending that Captain Dykes is appointed as Adjutant.
Accession Number: KO2654/016
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother 5 Jun 1902 from Dundee, Natal sheet one of two
Accession Number: KO2654/017
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother 5 Jun 1902 from Dundee, Natal, sheet two of two
Accession Number: KO2654/018
bulletLetter from Alfred Dykes to his mother 10 Jul 1902 from Maritzburg
Accession Number: KO2654/019
bulletEnvelope to Mrs Alston Dykes dated 12 Jul 1902 and postmarked Petermartizburg, Natal, postmarked on the rear Hamilton, Scotland 3 Aug 1902
Accession Number: KO2654/020
bulletArmy Form B 199 Record of Services of Alfred McNair Dykes of the King’s Own updated to 22 Oct 1902
Accession Number: KO2654/021
bulletLetter from War Office dated 16 Sep 1913 (Military Secretary Form 6A) informing Major A McN Dykes that he has been selected to command a battalion of the regiment and that he will be promoted Lieutenant Colonel and will be gazetted in due course in succession to Lieutenant Colonel T J Marker (deceased). Signed by Lieutenant General W E Franklyn, Military Secretary.
Accession Number: KO2654/022
bulletLetter from War Office dated 30 Sep 1913 informing Lieutenant Colonel A McN Dykes has been posted to the 1st Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Accession Number: KO2654/023
bulletUndated letter to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes at the Barracks, Dover, envelope postmarked 2 Mar 1914 (in Dover) letter sent from Germany from Danny. Sheet one of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/024
bulletUndated letter to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes at the Barracks, Dover, envelope postmarked 2 Mar 1914 (in Dover) letter sent from Germany from Danny. Sheet two of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/025
bulletUndated letter to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes at the Barracks, Dover, envelope postmarked 2 Mar 1914 (in Dover) letter sent from Germany from Danny. Sheet three of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/026
bulletEnvelope addressed to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover, postmarked 2 Mar 1914 sent from Germany.
Accession Number: KO2654/027
bulletLetter dated 13 Mar 1914 to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover, sent from ‘Danny’ in Germany. Sheet one of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/028
bulletLetter dated 13 Mar 1914 to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover, sent from ‘Danny’ in Germany. Sheet two of three
Accession Number: KO2654/029
bulletLetter dated 13 Mar 1914 to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover, sent from ‘Danny’ in Germany. Sheet three of three.
Accession Number: KO2654/030
bulletEnvelope addressed to Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover sent from Bad Mauhem, Germany and postmarked 12 Mar 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/031
bulletInvoice to Mrs Alfred Dykes from the Fine Art Society for two framed paintings by Sir William Richmond, dated May 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/032
bulletTrust Disposition and Settlement by Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Mcnair Dykes, 1914 Eight sheets clipped together. A form of will.
Accession Number: KO2654/033 a to h
bulletBattalion Orders by Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes, Commanding 1st Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Dover, 4 Aug 1914 Part Two – Page one of two. The day the battalion was mobilised for war, Tuesday 4 Aug 1914, the Monday being a Bank Holiday.
Accession Number: KO2654/034
bulletBattalion Orders by Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes, Commanding 1st Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Dover, 4 Aug 1914 Part Two – Page two of two.
Accession Number: KO2654/035
bulletLetter to his mother from Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes, Commanding 1st King’s Own, Wednesday 5 Aug 1914 from Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover.
“I was fully convinced that unless we, as a nation, were to sacrifice our honour, we were bound to go to war. First, in accordance with our most solemn obligations to France and Belgium. Secondly, to preserve our existence as a Nation and an Empire. Consequently without waiting for orders, I got to work at once on the great work of mobilisation, last Monday morning. I am now thankful; for though we are terribly busy, a great deal was done before the order arrived yesterday at 5 O’clock. We are now more than a day ahead of our programme and have saved a great deal of rush. ….we are awaiting the arrival of reservists, who will be pouring in tomorrow and subsequent days. My battalion will then be 31 officers and 1037 other ranks. [Battalion Orders of 4 Aug 1914 listed peace time strength of 631].
One thing only I do ask you and that is to accept the news and whatever comes of it, with the calm strength and bravery which you have always shown in times of stress. We are all happy and full of confidence and I think that rarely never did war begin in a more thoroughly just cause.
You used to think me cynical, I think, in our Billiard Room War Councils when I used to air my views on the value of German Treaties, Vows and Protestations. There is no need to ‘crow’! The truth of all I said stands self evident today. On the heads of the German and Austrian Emperors, who have plotted and planned all this, for years, while professing peace…..”
Accession Number: KO2654/036
bulletPost Office Telegram from Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes to his wife dated 15 Aug 1914 regarding letters sent in the post.
Accession Number: KO2654/037
bulletLetter from Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes to his wife dated 17 Aug 1914 from ‘The Workhouse, which we have tonight en route for Harrow’
Accession Number: KO2654/038
bulletEnvelope postmarked 16 Aug 1914 to Mrs A M Dykes from Norwich.
Accession Number: KO2654/039
bulletLetter from Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes to his wife, dated 2 a.m. 22 Aug 1914 from on board the T SS Saturnia, on which the 1st Battalion King’s Own sailed to France. (Likely to be his final letter to his wife).
2 am 22 August 1914
My Own Small Darling Wife
I got the last of my great command safely on board at 1 am. Another Regiment are now embarking and we shall be ready to start in about another hour. All being well we should be over by about 10-am tomorrow morning. I have just been told that I am O C troops on board and handed all sorts of secret codes for communicating with the Navy in case of necessity! I have just finished a scrap to my poor mother and now my last word before we leave these shores must naturally be to my Most Darling Precious.
Baby, I won’t refer to our parting today. It was too damnable I fear I may have seemed a little hard, But I couldn’t help it. If I’d let myself go one inch, I should have cried and a crying Colonel proceeding to ‘the Front’ – would not have been an edifying spectacle.
Sweet Baby Love, My Small Small Darling, I wouldn’t have missed that Precious little time with you for all the greatest things in the world. It was awful seeing you drive off - so lonely-so small and so defenceless. Yet I feel cheered and strengthened by our time together. It has made all the difference. Sweetheart I do so hope and pray that you got safely and well to London. That you are sleeping well NOW and that tomorrow you will get safe and well back to Malvern and be none the worse of your journeyings. Please tell me soon. I’m certain you are none the worse of the N-gg—ing I feel so much better and when you feel sad call to mind the advantage we took of the hospitality offered us by the friendly German Jeweller!! Never was such conduct!! Darling the future lies all unknown. But we both face it with full hope and confidence.
I know you will pray that I don’t fail in my big job. You know that I shall ever pray for you, to be spared anxiety, to keep well and strong and brave and in due time to bring the little IT, healthy and strong and well into the world. And above all with no danger or hurt or harm to your Darling Precious self. God bless and keep you my Darling Wife. I will come back to you safe and sound and younger than ever.
Au Revoir. All my love and a great long lasting snuggle. Just one long kiss.
Your Dearest (?) of own
Mokes (?)
Accession Number: KO2654/040
bulletEnvelope to Mrs A M Dykes, postmarked 12.30 pm 22 Aug 1914 Southampton.
Accession Number: KO2654/041
bulletTelegram from Buckingham Palace, dated 4 Sep 1914 to Mrs Dykes, Broomfield Hotel, Malvern. “The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army have sustained by the death of your husband in the Service of his Country. Their Majesties truly sympathise…”
Accession Number: KO2654/042
bulletTelegram from Buckingham Palace, dated 4 Sep 1914 to Mrs Dykes, Broomfield Hotel, Malvern. “….with you in your sorrow, Private Secretary”
Accession Number: KO2654/043
bulletLetter from Singapore, 13 Oct 1914 to my dear sister Rosmund from Roland.
Accession Number: KO2654/044
bulletLetter from the War Office with the 1914 Star, dated 7 Feb 1919 to Mrs R A Dykes.
Accession Number: KO2654/045
bulletLetter from the War Office with the British War and Victory Medal dated 25 Sep1920 to Mrs A M Dykes.
Accession Number: KO2654/046
bulletUndated letter from Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes, in Dover, incomplete.
Accession Number: KO2654/047
bulletLetter dated 11 Mar and no other details
Accession Number: KO2654/048
bulletLetter with the one dated 11 Mar and no other details
Accession Number: KO2654/049
bulletEnvelope to Mrs Dykes, London, Army Post Office 15 Dec 1914 and passed by Censor.
Accession Number: KO2654/050
bulletPhoto: Willie Dykes circa 1890s
Accession Number: KO2654/051
bulletPhoto: Captain A McN Dykes, photographed in Dundee, South Africa, circa 1901
Accession Number: KO2654/052
bulletPhoto: Captain A McN Dykes in Number One uniform, late 1890s
Accession Number: KO2654/053
bulletPhoto: Captain A McN Dykes in Number One uniform, late 1890s
Accession Number: KO2654/054
bulletPhoto: ‘Leading the way for the convoy crossing the Zand River en route for Vryheid. Self (Dykes) leading horseman, second Colonel Matthews. 2nd Battalion South Africa, Boer War.
Accession Number: KO2654/055
bulletPhoto by officer in the Regiment, part of our regiment as guard to a convoy crossing the Zand Spruit at low water between Dundee and De Jagers Drift. Myself (Dykes) standing with horse on the bank. The front wagons of the convoy in the background.
Accession Number: KO2654/056
bulletPhoto: Stereo Card of ‘H’ Company winners of the Long Distance Challenge Shield, Lucknow, circa 1909?
Accession Number: KO2654/057
bulletPhoto: Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, commanding 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, presenting Long Service Medals, Lydd 1914. Unknown sergeant receiving medal.
Accession Number: KO2654/058
bulletPhoto: Lieutenant Colonel Dykes, commanding 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, presenting medals, Lydd, 1914.
Accession Number: KO2654/059
bulletPhoto: Medal presentation, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Lydd, 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/060
bulletPhoto: Church Parade, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Lydd, 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/061
bulletPhoto: Church Parade, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Lydd, 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/062
bulletPhoto: Church Parade of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Lydd, 1914 marching to parade,
Accession Number: KO2654/063
bulletPhoto: Banner of the King’s Own Regiment at the Choral Commemoration of the first seven Divisions at the Albert Hall on 15 Dec 1917. With Lieutenant Colonel Thorne’s Compliments, 21 Feb 1918. (Probably sent to the widow of Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes)
Accession Number: KO2654/064
bulletAlbum of photographs, letters, telegrams etc relating to A McN Dykes of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, mainly relating to the South African War 1899-1902 material compiled into album by Kenneth Griffith.
Items KO2654/066-KO2654/092 inclusive are within the album.
Accession Number: KO2654/065
bulletCopy of letter dated 25 Oct 1899 to A McN Dykes from 2nd King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, stating that he had been selected for service in Natal, South Africa.
Accession Number: KO2654/066
bulletTelegram dated 25 Oct 1899
Accession Number: KO2654/067
bulletTelegram dated 27 Oct 1899 stating that Dykes had been to the War Office and had been selected for service in South Africa probably for Staff appointment, but still stand by to be ready for anything.
Accession Number: KO2654/068
bulletTelegram dated 30 Oct 1899 with details of departure from Liverpool Docks to South Africa
Accession Number: KO2654/069
bulletEnvelope and letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Four sheets from Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. Postmarked 29 Oct 1899
Accession Number: KO2654/070
bulletEnvelope no letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Accession Number: KO2654/071
bulletEnvelope and letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Five sheets from Royal Mail Steamship Servia dated 2 Nov 1899 from Dykes to his mother postmarked Queenstown 4 Nov 1899 and Largs 6 Nov 1899
Accession Number: KO2654/072
bulletEnvelope and letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Letter dated 4 Nov 1899 from Queenstown.
Accession Number: KO2654/073
bulletTelegram dated 2 Nov 1899 just leaving Liverpool for South Africa
Accession Number: KO2654/074
bulletEnvelope and letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Letter dated 7 Jan 1900 from Pietermaritzburg from Dykes to his parents. Five sheets
Accession Number: KO2654/075
bulletEnvelope and letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Letter dated 26 Nov 1899, from Port Elizabeth, 30 Nov 1899 from East London five pages in total
Accession Number: KO2654/076
bulletEnvelope and letter to Mrs Alston Dykes, mother.
Details of the Battle of Three Tree Hill, dated 22 Jan 1900
Accession Number: KO2654/077
bulletTelegram 4 Nov 1899 from Dykes informing of his arrival in Queenstown
Accession Number: KO2654/078
bulletTelegram dated 4 Nov 1899 from Dykes in Queenstown.
Accession Number: KO2654/079
bulletLetter and envelope postmarked 14 May 1900 from Glasgow to Dyke’s father whilst recovering from his wounds.
Accession Number: KO2654/080
bulletOfficial envelope, empty
Accession Number: KO2654/081
bulletPhoto: South African Train Camouflaged
Accession Number: KO2654/082
bulletPhoto: Spion Kop
Accession Number: KO2654/083
bulletPhoto: Spion Kop – part of our side of Spion Kop I lay just above those cactus bushes for over an hour in the early morning of the 24th and shot off upwards of 204 cartridges!
Accession Number: KO2654/084
bulletPhoto: Spion Kop – the side we came up on 23 Jan 1900
Accession Number: KO2654/085
bulletPhoto: Spion Kop – the dressing station side, the only place where there was a certain amount of cover.
Accession Number: KO2654/086
bulletTelegram dated 27Jan 1900, Lancasters are with Warren no news…
Accession Number: KO2654/087
bulletTelegram dated 29 Jan 1900, Regret to inform you that General Natal Telegraphs today that your son Lieutenant Dykes Royal Lancaster regiment was severely wounded on the 24th Jan at Spion Kop. Military Secretary
Accession Number: KO2654/088
bulletTelegram dated 30 Jan 1900, Address not known, possibly Pietermaritzburg, Military Secretary.
Accession Number: KO2654/089
bulletTelegram dated 2 Feb 1900, from Dykes, In Hospital Doing Well.
Accession Number: KO2654/090
bulletTelegram dated 6 Feb 1900, from Dykes, Bullet near right ear and through mouth left cheek, nothing permanent healing splendidly. Alfred.
Accession Number: KO2654/091
bulletTelegram dated 13 Feb 1900, from Dykes, Doing splendidly return uncertain, telegraphing when known.
Accession Number: KO2654/092
bulletReport on Competitive Examination of Militia Subalterns for Commissions in the Army, Sep 1894. A McN Dykes
Accession Number: KO2654/093
bulletReport of Commissions in the Army, including A McN Dykes who had the highest marks of all the Candidates.
Accession Number: KO2654/094
bullet‘Not necessarily for publication!!…The extraordinary diversity of duties in Staff service have to be explained to be realised…Written by A McN Dykes, undated.
Accession Number: KO2654/095
Newspaper clipping of Army Examination Results for A McN Dykes of 4th Battalion Scottish Rifles and later commissioned into the King’s Own.
Accession Number: KO2654/096
bulletNewspaper clipping that Major A McN Dykes has been appointed as a commander at the Royal Military College.
Accession Number: KO2654/097
bulletNewspaper clipping regarding Dyke’s admission to Staff College
Accession Number: KO2654/098
bulletNewspaper clipping Colonel Dykes’s Death, The Times, Sep 1914

Accession Number: KO2654/099
bulletNewspaper clipping Lieutenant Colonel Dykes Killed, Scotsman, 22 Sep 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/100
bulletNewspaper clipping Lieutenant Colonel Dykes 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/101
bulletNewspaper clipping Colonel Dykes’s Death
Accession Number: KO2654/102
bulletNewspaper clipping ‘The Casualties’ General Scott-Kerr Wounded. The 12th Infantry Brigade, including mention of Lieutenant Colonel Dykes 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
Accession Number: KO2654/103
bulletNewspaper clipping ‘Our Troops Under Fire, Battle Stories from the Trenches, How the Guns were Saved.’ Etc. The Times 8 Sep 1914
Accession Number: KO2654/104
bulletNewspaper clipping ‘the Roll of Honour Further Lists of British Casualties’ Sixteen Officers killed
Accession Number: KO2654/105
bulletNewspaper clipping ‘Tributes to officers’
Accession Number: KO2654/106
bulletNewspaper clipping List of officers appointments circa 1899 South African War
Accession Number: KO2654/107
bulletNewspaper clipping ‘Officers’ Deaths Splendid Bravery of an ex-ranker. A gallant band including mention of Lieutenant Colonel Dykes
Accession Number: KO2654/108
bulletNewspaper clipping photograph of Lieutenant Colonel A M Dykes (Killed)
Accession Number: KO2654/109
bulletNewspaper clipping reporting the birth of Daughter of Dykes 23 Feb 1915, to Rosamond, widow of Lieutenant colonel Alfred M Dykes, the King’s Own Regiment.
Accession Number: KO2654/110
bulletNewspaper clipping reporting the birth of Daughter of Dykes 23 Feb 1915.
Accession Number: KO2654/111
bulletNewspaper clipping reporting will of Lieutenant Colonel Alfred McNair Dykes of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, of 4 Park Avenue, Dover.
Accession Number: KO2654/112
bulletNewspaper clipping Recollections and Reflections of the Dykes family. Dated 25 Aug 1917
Accession Number: KO2654/113

 

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