Pièce 008 - Honours and appointments, C. M. Woodford

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Honours and appointments, C. M. Woodford


  • 1873-1928 (Production)

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Reel 2 (a) Document dated 29 Dec 1873 appointing Charles Morris Woodford, Gentleman, sub-lieutenant of volunteer forces; (b) Certificate of proficiency for captains etc. in infantry drill and artillery drill dated 27 Oct 1874 for Sub Lt. C. M. Woodford; (c) document dated 13 Sep 1875 appointing Chas. M. Woodford, gentleman, lieutenant in volunteer forces; (d) document announcing appointment as Corresponding Member of the Zoological Society of London, 21 Nov 1889; (e) letter dated 24 Dec 1894 appointing Charles M. Woodford acting British consul at Samoa, together with ms. letter dated 28 Dec 1894, telling the recipient to ‘do as little as possible during your temporary tenure’ and a further letter dated 1 Feb 1895 to Woodford from Government House, partly of a personal nature; (f) appointment as Deputy Commissioner for the Western Pacific for a district comprising the Samoan and Union Groups, 29 Dec 1894; (g) appointment dated 15 Feb 1896 as Stipendiary Magistrate for the province of Nadroga; (h) appointment as British Resident in the Protectorate established by Her Majesty in the Solomon Islands, 17 Feb 1897; (i) correspondence relating to appointment as Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (13 Jun 1912) and other documents relevant to this appointment (including Order of Service for the Annual Service of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George in S. Paul’s Cathedral, 23 Apr 1928, in which the death of C.M. Woodford on 4 Oct 1927 is recorded; note also letter dated 26 Apr 1911 from Dr. Brown to Lord Stanmore suggesting Woodford be considered for C.M.G. with details of W’s achievements, in PMB1381/004 and (pessimistic) response from Stanmore to Brown dated 2 Jun 1911); (j) undated document, signed by Isaiah Bowman, Director, American Geographical Society, asking C.M. Woodford ‘if it [would] be agreeable to [him] to become a Fellow of the Society”. [According to the obituary published in The Geographical Journal, 1928, Woodford became Fellow of the [Royal Geographical] Society ca. 1886. In 1890 ‘he received the award of the Gill Memorial of the Society in recognition of the value of his work’. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute]; (j) newspaper cutting from The Morning Post, 23 Jun 1909, records that H. M. the King held a Levee on 22 Jun at St. James Palace; among those in attendance was Mr. Charles Morris Woodford, Deputy Commissioner and Resident, British Solomon Islands Protectorate; (k) typescript letter from Lambert for the Under Secretary of State, Colonial Office, to C. M. Woodford, dated 8 Jan 1915, accepting W’s resignation as Resident Commissioner for the Solomon Islands Protectorate and advising that pension at rate of 500 pounds a year approved, in recognition of ‘the value of the special services which you have rendered in connection with the administration of the Protectorate from the first days of its establishment’.[see also PMB 1290, Bundle 8, 4/18 on appointment of W as correspondent to the Anthropological Institute of G.B. and Ireland, and PMB1290 bundle 24, 2/63 containing offer dated 10 Sep 1916 of hon. membership of the Polynesian Society]

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