Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)KWH/O/27-47
TitleLetters from Sir Edward Ward, War Office, to Miss McCaul, some relating to the Union Jack Club
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DescriptionLetters from Ward, mainly on War Office embossed notepaper:

/27 Letter to enclose a circular [not now present], 25 August, no year
/27a Envelope addressed to Miss McCaul, War Office stamped, 29 August ?1902
/28-29 Letters relating to set up of the [Union Jack] Club, 28 August, 13 September 1902
/30 Letter referring to arrangements for Miss McCaul's voyage: 'You must not think of going second class as you are under the auspices of the Queen and it would never do for you to lose dignity before the other passengers', Sunday, undated
/31 Letter with news of venue for a meeting, 30 January 1903
/32 Letter asking for Miss McCaul's assistance with a visitor, 8 December 1903
/33 Letter regretting his lack of success in getting her to Japan as a War Office representative, 16 February 1904
/34 a-b Letter referring to the Japanese Government's wish to reduce the number of [British] officers in Japan, 17 February 1904; with covering note [ ? from Miss McCaul] to Miss Knollys referring to her wish for nursing staff to be sent out [to Japan], undated
/35-38 Letters relating to Miss McCaul's wish to go to Japan, 28 February, 6 March, 9-10 March 1904
/39 Letter, from leave in Florence, regretting that he will not be there to welcome her back after a successful journey; refers to the foundation laying ceremony for the [Union Jack] Club, 5 September 1904
/40-41 Letter alluding to Miss McCaul's disappointment at her telegrams not being read out at the foundation laying ceremony, and its opening, 5 October, 8 October 1904
/42-42a Letters alluding to finding a suitable room to display the [Japanese] 'outfit' or kit, 29 October, 2 November 1904 [See also: KWH/N/2/13]
/43 Letter thanking her for a present 'it is a record of very fine public works done by a great friend', 12 December 1904
/44 Letter assuring her of his assistance if possible, 18 February 1905
/45 Letter from Ward to Knollys with news of election of persons to the Council of the [Union Jack] Club, the building of which is 'steadily advancing', 23 January 1906
/46-47 Letters referring to support for the Children's Happy Evenings proposal, ensuring that they do not encroach onto Baden Powell's Boy Scouts ground, 29 May, 2 June 1910
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Administrative HistoryColonel Sir Edward Willis Duncan Ward, 1st Baronet GBE KCB KCVO (1853– 1928) was a British Army officer and military administrator, serving as Permanent Secretary of the War Office. He was a notable reformer of army administration, improving efficiency of mobilization, medical services and supplies. He was President of the Union Jack Club.
Source: Wikipedia, accessed May 2016

Ethel McCaul (1867-1931), was a Royal Red Cross nurse who had served in the South African War. She was a well-respected figure in the London nursing world. In c 1900, she established a private nursing home at 51 Welbeck Street, which, at the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, she made available to the War Office for use as a military hospital. She also founded the Union Jack Club, an Armed Forces Club in central London for members and veterans of the British Armed Services and their families, including seriving members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces, below commissioned rank. While officers had their clubs, servicemen below commissioned rank had nowhere reputable to stay with their families in the nation’s capital. Mrs McCaul was determined that they should have the opportunity to do this and see London and all its sights. Her fundraising efforts began in 1903 with concerts, entertainment and events throughout the country. She felt that a new club would benefit the Armed Forces and their ability to protect the Empire. The Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone in July 1904 and as King Edward VII officially opened the Cub in 1907 with Queen Alexandra at his side.
Sources: ; ; accessed May 2016


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