First World War papers of Major-General S.F. Mott
Stanley Fielder Mott, or ‘Tom’ as he was often known, was born in 1873. He was educated at Eton College, particularly excelling in sport. From Eton, he went to Sandhurst and in 1893 joined the 2nd Battalion 60th in India. He served in Calcutta, Gibraltar and Malta and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1896. He was in the Cape just before the South African War started in 1899 and joined the Mounted Infantry Company. He was highly commended during the conflict, gaining a Brevet and becoming a Captain. He was soon recommended for promotion to Major. After the peace of 1902, he joined the British South Africa Police, before returning to British and joining the 4th Battalion at Gosport. In 1907, he qualified for the Staff College where he remained for two years before becoming Brigade Major at Colchester. As it was peacetime, he resigned to turn his hand to farming, however soon afterwards war broke out in 1914. His first posting was as G.S.O.2 First Mounted Division in Egypt in 1915. He was soon promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and given command of the 158th Infantry Brigade of 53rd (Welsh) Division, where he saw action at Gallipoli. He took part in the three battles of Gaza, promoted to command the Division just before the second battle. His greatest success came in the battle of Khuweilfeh between 3 and 6 November 1917, receiving a C.B. in recognition of his achievement. He retired when the First World War ended and returned to farming. By the 1950s, he had become president of the 53rd Welsh Divisional Officers’ Association. He died on 4 February 1959.
The papers concern the military achievements of S.F. Mott, with particular reference to his service during the First World War. It includes correspondence, photographs and other documents, as well as papers created by his son, Tom Mott regarding his father and the collection of papers.
The papers were collected by Mott's son Tom Mott