Document ReferenceWre
TitlePapers of Edward M. Wrench (1833-1912) of Baslow, Derbyshire, surgeon, from his grandson Edward Gillam Wrench, c.1854-c.1967
Extent3 boxes
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThese papers form a sub-fonds of the overall Wrench Collections. See the fonds entry for the Wrench Collections (Wr-Wre) for details about the family.
Custodial HistoryThese papers were acquired by the University in 1967.
DescriptionThe main part of the collection consists of letters written by Edward M. Wrench whilst serving in the Crimea and in India. Together with similar letters amongst the material in the sub-fonds Wr, these provide a fascinating insight into the life of an army surgeon. In addition to letters from Edward M Wrench, there are also letters from others in the Crimea including his cousin John Henry Kirke (1833- 1892) (see also Wr Ki), John George Eschalez, and also a number of letters relating to hospitals in the Crimea. There are also a number of cyclostyled letters from Edward M Wrench to his children and a number of letters from Edward's son William Mervyn Wrench (1863-1890) in New Zealand. The latter are supplemented by a diary relating to William Mervyn's stay in New Zealand. The collection also includes copies of genealogical papers , notes, photographs, sketches and miscellaneous papers.

Much of the material was used by Edward Gillam Wrench in the 1950s and 1960s when he compiled a number of typescript volumes. These were prepared mainly for family members but five of the volumes of Edward Gillam Wrench are included within this collection. A further volume mainly of Kirke letters but also including trancsripts of letters from Edward M Wrench is present within the Kirke part of the Wrench collection (see Wr Ki)
MgtGroupPersonal papers
MgtSubGroupPrivate papers
ArrangementThe collection is divided into series according to form of material and mainly arranged chronologically within sections. The correspondence has been left largely in the order into which it was sorted by Edward Gillam Wrench whilst working on his typescript volumes.
TermCrimean War, 1853-1856
Great Britain - History, Military - 19th century
Medicine - Miltary
Surgery - Practice
Medicine - Practice
Great Britain - History, Military - 19th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialSee also the Kirke of East Markham (Ki) collection; the fonds entry for all the Wrench collections (Wr); and the other sub-fonds and series which make up the Wrench Collections (Wr/BT, Wr Ki, and Wr/Wr).
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1276Wrench; Edward Mason (1833-1912); Dr; doctor and army surgeon1833-1912
NA1275Kirke; John Henry (1833-1892); br. of Mrs Annie Wrench1833-1892
NA76484Wrench; William Mervyn (1863-1890); son of Dr Edward M Wrench1863-1890
NA76485Wrench; Edward Gillam; grandson of Dr Edward M Wrench
NA75939Wrench; family; of Baslow, Derbyshire
PL220/New Zealand
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