Inchbald Brothers Collection, 1915-1916 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The Inchbald Brothers collection consists of World War I-related correspondence from Peter, John Chantrey Elliott, and Geoffrey Inchbald to their father, Charles Chantrey Inchbald, a London financier. The letters (1915-1916) describe the three brothers' personal experiences as soldiers. The collection includes five unidentified photographs, several apparently showing the three brothers posed together and separately.
Lieutenant Peter Inchbald was assigned to the Royal Horse Artillery, U Battery, Lucknow Cavalry Brigade, 1st Indian Cavalry Division of the Indian Expedition Force on January 13, 1915. His 22 letters cover the period from January 13, 1915, to November 11, 1916.
John Chantrey Elliott (Jack) Inchbald wrote 30 letters (July 28, 1915 to December 3, 1916) and one poem telling of his childhood growing up with his two brothers. Jack served in the 9th Battalion (Devons), 20th Brigade, 7th Division, 4th Army Infantry. His letters begin the day his battalion landed at Le Havre, France.
Geoffrey Inchbald was stationed in Egypt as part of Berkshire Yeomanry, No. 8 Company, Imperial Camel Corps. His eight letters date from April 22 to December 1916. Geoffrey later wrote two accounts of his time in North Africa. Camels and Others (1968), a history of the Camel Corps, is based on records of surviving members. Imperial Camel Corps (1970), republished as With the Imperial Camel Corps in the Great War (2005), expanded and corrected the first book.