Barnes, W.A.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 9

  1. Prospectus for Government College, Lyallpur 1947-48.
  2. Folder marked ‘Government College, Dharmsala. July 1939. Sundries’ containing:
    1. 6 sheets of TS evidence pertaining to the strike at Dharmsala College in 1939
    2. Appeal in Urdu and English for funds to be donated to the College
    3. 21.5.1939 Letter to ‘Mian Sahib’ suggesting improvements for local education
    4. Six letters relating to College administration and discipline
    5. 9 letters and pages of evidence relating to a disturbance at the College in June 1937
    6. Desk calendar for 1939, with some notes
  3. 9 letters from Hashnat Khan.
  4. 8 letters from Gerald Jameson, I.P. Comments on those now returned from India and the difficulty, particularly for the ex-police, to find work in England. News of British still serving in Pakistan and their difficulties – his financial difficulties over past payments due – January 1952 visits Pakistan Ambassador to Paris in London, Lt. Col. Sir Mohammed Nawaz Khan, Sardar of Kot, an old friend and describes his position in Pakistan.
  5. 3 letters from G.H. Willis at Ganesh Flour Mill in Lyallpur. Discouraged at present difficulties and feels inclined to leave.
  6. 17 March 1947. Copy of demands from the Hindu Sikh Federation of Students at Government College, Lyallpur to the Principal alleging that Muslim students had smuggled unlawful weapons into the Main Hostel. Also a copy of their President’s announcement to the Hindu and Sikh students together with letter from Professor G.C. Chatarji (I.E.S.) requesting information about this.
  7. 10 miscellaneous letters, including Evan Jenkins and J. Wilson, and various pages of notes
  8. Envelope containing laudatory poems with translations presented to W.A. Barnes when he was Inspector of Schools in the Punjab by the following Schools:
    1. Government High School, Mianwali, December 1933.
    2. Government High School, Talagang, 21.5.34.
    3. D.B. School, Daultala, Rawalpindi, 16.11.34 (two).

Barnes, W.A.: Box 8

  1. Personal diary of William Alfred Barnes, October 31, 1941 – about censorship work in great detail – and including letters received about censorship wartime postal service in Ceylon and India. Also includes commentary on the flight from Burma. Later many personal family photographs, newspaper cuttings, quotations, etc.
  2. Notebook written by Mr. Barnes, containing MS notes of a lecture on The Malaya Campaign given in the Garrison Cinema, Fort William, Calcutta on September 4, 1942, by Lt. Col. J. Cumming, V.C. s/12 Frontier Force Rifles, together with other notes, stories and reminiscences. Becomes a diary, starting 4 March (1944) when he was in the Grand Hotel, Calcutta for four months, awaiting, and during, his court martial. Very discursive, describes not only the food in hotel, and individuals he meets, but also the Burma Campaign, the murder of an English nurse; descriptions of films seen etc. and prosecution of the war. On 30 March brings up matter of his court-martial again. Diary includes:
    1. Writings about the inspection of schools, and the affair at Usman Khattar.
    2. 3.4.44 Beginning of diary about court-martial.
    3. 6.4.44 Court meets for first time – Conclusion of trial. Continues with diary.
    4. Christmas Day 1944. Owing to an adverse report he appeals again against Court martial and adverse report.
    5. Goes on leave with wife and daughter January 1945.
    6. At the other end of the diary are occasional articles, poems etc., written by Mr. Barnes, and extensive jottings and notes about his wife and daughter.
  3. File marked: Govt. College, Dharmsala, Boys’ explanations, apologies, Agnihotri’s request 11.7.39.
  4. File marked: Govt. College, Dharmsala, Personal Record of Students, containing letters as well as records.
  5. File marked: The strike at Govt. College, Dharmsala, June 1939, containing TS copies of letters, accounts of strike etc.
  6. File marked: ‘June 1939: mainly private letters from friends. The beginnings of the strike at Dharmsala.
  7. File marked ‘Important. The Police File’ – Containing the private letters received during and after the strike at Govt. College, Dharmsala. Police notes and record of the same strike.’
  8. Correspondence relating to the strike at the college in July 1939.
  9. File marked: Govt. College, Dharmsala, July 1939, Sundries – Containing:
    1. Letter from W.A.B. 3 March 1948, requesting payment of an enclosed bill for the inspection made in March 1947, in the Punjab:
    2. Police Memo of 22 March 1947 on the enumeration of British Subjects and Foreigners (2 copies).
    3. Sheets of original evidence from 1939 trial after school strike
    4. Note about education and W.A.B.’s situation during partition
    5. Note about partition, later included in Barnes’ manuscript ‘India’s Tragedy’
  10. Additional papers containing:
    1. 6 anonymous letters of complaint from students to Mr. W.A. Barnes, March-May 1947.
    2. Invitation to a wedding.
    3. Note by W.A. Barnes for the Annual Convocation of the Government College, Lyallpur, 3 March 1947, at which he was empowered to confer degrees of the University of the Punjab.
    4. Beginning of a memoir of arrival and first impressions at Government College, Lyallpur, 5 October 1946 and list of expenditure, 4 October – 8 December 1946.
    5. Invitation card.
    6. Telegram.
    7. Letter requesting asylum while tension remains in the Province.
    8. Programme of the Annual Convocation and prize distribution to be held on 3 March 1947.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 7

  1. File marked ‘17.7.1948’, containing
    1. certificate of service in Punjab Educational Service, and termination of Service.
    2. Prospectus for Government College, Lyallpur 1947-48.
    3. File marked ‘Mainly personal’ containing copies of poems published in the Civil and Military Gazette.
  2. File: ‘Conduct and Progress Register and Sundries, Government College, Dharmsala’. Containing:
    1. Correspondence about Mrs. Barnes’ books
    2. College curriculum
    3. Notes for speech
    4. Correspondence about a dismissal
    5. Note about students
    6. Progress Register for Students. 1938-39 at Government College, Dharmsala.
    7. File: Government College Dharmsala, June 1939. Papers detailing events leading up to Students’ Strike in July 1939.
    8. File: Government College, Dharmsala, June-July 1939, Marked ‘Important’. Set of papers relating to the Students’ Strike at that period.
    9. File containing all papers connected with the Students’ Strike at Government College, Dharmsala, in June-July 1939.
    10. TS copies of instructions regarding Appeals to the Governor-General in Council.
    11. File: Appeal by Mr. Barnes, Principal Government College, Lyallpur, to the Governor of the Punjab in March 1947, against suspension.
    12. Another file relating to the same subject.
    13. File marked ‘Malaria as a weapon of war – 1945’.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 6

  1. File entitled ‘Messrs. Munshi Gulab Singh & Sons. Printers and publishers. Mohan Lal Road Lahore’ containing:
    1. 2 personal letters from England about ecclesiastical personalities etc., and correspondence with Mrs. Barnes about her Modern English Readers etc.
    2. Receipts for electricity and water.
    3. 2 letters about carpets etc.
    4. Envelope containing MS articles.
  2. File marked ‘Singapore spare copies’ containing:
    1. Spare copies of articles, particularly article on fall of Singapore.
    2. 2 files containing TS articles on the fall of Singapore with map; also newspaper cuttings and MS articles and original letter from a soldier who was there.
    3. TS article The evacuation of Burma and others.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 5

  1. Envelope containing MS of Inspection Tour, Kyelang District Purely descriptive of scenery.
  2. File marked ‘Dirty dogs & other cases 1934-36. Propaganda’. Includes letters accusing Mr. Barnes and others of misconduct and corruption and oppression at various times – Mostly written in 1934-36.
  3. File marked ‘Mainly Inspection and College Papers’. Mainly about leave, rates of pay etc.
  4. File marked ‘Propaganda Rawalpindi Division 1933’ contaiining:
    1. Including account, later much misinterpreted of surprise inspection of Nangal Ambia Islamia High School in 1936.
    2. Also account of Muslim League meeting 1933 and ensuing correspondence regarding Mr. Barnes’ abilities as School Inspector, and long TS report on Mr. Barnes, called ‘The Nincompoop’
    3. Anonymous warning letter: TS copy of another article anti-Mr. Barnes, entitled ‘An unfortunate Muslim Division’ with other letters.
  5. File marked ‘Propaganda pro et con me’ containing:
    1. TS copy of long letter of complaints from the teachers of Islamia High School, Jullundur, 23 March 1936. Contains copies of the various attacks made on Mr. Barnes’ character and work while school Inspector Rawalpindi Division. 1933/34 – articles, letters, mostly anonymous. Some letters in favour. List of schools inspected by the Inspector himself and work done.
    2. Tour programme of Divisional Inspector of Schools, Rawalpindi Division for Jan./Feb. 1934, Nov./Dec. 1933.
    3. Various eulogies on arriving at schools.
    4. Correspondence regarding Osman Khattar, Rawalpindi case, 1934.
    5. Notes on various school inspections, including the Sikh School at Kharian, which led to a complaint against Mr. Barnes for defiling a sacred area, and the ensuing correspondence with the Educational Committee at Amritsar
    6. Various newspaper cuttings referring to the incident.
  6. File relating to time as Principal of the Government College, Lyallpur, 1947. Papers relating to Mr. Barnes’ suspension, and also pension 1949.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 4

  1. File marked ‘Personal file of W.A. Barnes AIRD’… containing copies of letters, notes etc., relating to Army Censorship and Postal Service, Ceylon and India 1940-43 also correspondence regarding recruiting in remoter villages and areas. State of Mail sorting in Naga Hills, Manipur Road and Calcutta – Personal relationships in the Censorship Department.
  2. File marked Personal Cases of Major W.A. Barnes. Papers refer to his court-martial 1944.
  3. File marked ‘Punjab University File’ containing:
    1. Certificates of efficiency in language.
    2. Printed Report on the valuation of the Superior Services (India) Family Pension Fund. 1936.
    3. Enrolment form and other papers of W.A.B. in the Punjab Light Horse. 1932.
    4. Extracts from Punjab medical manual.
    5. Copies of letters and other papers written when in Educational Service.
  4. File marked ‘The Punjab University’ containing:
    1. Papers relating to the revision of the syllabuses. in English and French by Mr. Barnes for the Matriculation and School Leaving Certificates 1932.
    2. Proceedings of a meeting of the sub-committee appointed by the school board sub-committee for English History etc. for the revision of history syllabus … 1933. (Printed paper).
    3. A note on the English syllabus of the M.C.S.L.C. examination prepared by Mr. W.A. Barnes … 1932.
    4. Letter from Mr. Barnes regarding the suitability of a set book for Indian students.
    5. Proceedings of a meeting of the sub-committee of the School Board for English, History, etc. 18 April 1932.
    6. Punjab University Gazette Vol. V No. 1 October 1932.
    7. Other printed papers relating to syllabuses etc.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 3

  1. File of miscellaneous papers marked ‘G.C. Dharmsala July 1939’. Containing small file marked ‘Pakistan Papers’, containing mixed miscellaneous papers, correspondence about Pensions 1945-52, and copies of papers about the strike by students at Dharmsala Government College in July 1939 where Mr. Barnes was Principal. Including pamphlet Matters of interest to British Officers and their famines in India issued by the Adjutant General in India, 1942. The pamphlet included a bundle 9a – 9x of very personal papers.
  2. File containing TS diary from outbreak of war 3 September 1939 when W.A.B. sent to Karachi in the Censorship until 18 January 1940.
  3. File marked: Record of Services of Captain W.A. Barnes A.I.R.O. 1939. Containing Record of Service. TS Memo dated 23.2.1942 on Postal and Censorship Liaison, and further letters about organisation and pay.
  4. File marked: Royal Insurance Co. & Singapore Orders 1948-1949-1950.
  5. File Marked: Pro College The case for the Students and Parents. W.A. Barnes. 3.7.1939. All the letters from boys prevented from attending the college on 1 July by the strikers. Complete list of absentees from Dharmsala School on July 3, 1939. Letters from students and parents who were detained by the strikers, and completed forms from parents who wished their sons to attend college. Income Tax letter and Railway warrant. Particulars of service in 1st World War.

Barnes, W.A.: Box 2

    1. Diary for 1933, but used for 1934 and 1936-1940, while Inspector of Schools, Punjab. Note of touring December 1933-February 1934. Includes brief and revealing records of school inspections. Also letters, notes, scraps of quotations etc., jottings, newspaper cuttings in a bundle at the back.
    2. Small diary of motor trips, October 1935-March 1937.


Barnes, W.A.: Box 1

  1. Envelope marked: The completed TS of Adventurous Bands: The Malaya Campaign August 2nd 1963. Contains the corrected TS with emendations and MS additions. Mainly about the fall of Singapore. Not in order.
  2. Adventurous Bands. Chapter 6. Escape from Java. The torpedoeing of the Wu-Chang. In TS and MS greatly amended.
  3. Old Passport belonging to Mr. W.A. Barnes. Issued 27 August 1945 containing a p.c. to Mr. Barnes dated 24.3.32.
  4. Notebook containing MS Introduction and part of Adventurous Bands.
  5. Railway warrant Ceylon, for Major Barnes and batman.
  6. TS article Kil-boats 1918. Written November 7 1970, by W.A.B. 5pp.
  7. Folder entitled: Officers’ Pay & Allowances … 1939-1945. Sundry personal/Business correspondence c. 1945. Pay bills – 1943/44.