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Major accessions to repositories in 2012 relating to Military History


Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Service

  • George Newman, 11th Essex Regiment: military photographs and papers 1940-1960 (ACQ2012/024)

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

  • Air Training Corps 74 (Erith and Crayford) Squadron: records including visitors books, scrapbooks, photographs 1918-1997 (CSATC)

Bristol Record Office

  • Dreadnought, privateer: journal of a 'four months cruize against the enemies of Great Britain' 1757 (44938)

Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service

  • Walter Hayler, conscientious objector: register of local conscientious objectors 1916 (A1064)

Dorset History Centre

  • Bankes family of Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle: war damage file 1941 1919-1960 (D/BKL)
  • Dorset D-Day 50th Anniversary Commemmoration: records, chiefly administrative with copies of original documents 1994 (D.2334)

Durham County Record Office

  • Charles Johnson, signaller, Durham Light Infantry: diary 1918-1919 (Acc 8222)
  • Kenneth Martin Wood, Major, Durham Light Infantry: records 1939-1963 (Acc 8087)

Essex Record Office

  • Edward Suckling, civil servant: diaries, incl time as naval attache in Buenos Aires during World War II 1919-1985 (A13505)

Glamorgan Archives (formerly Glamorgan Record Office)

  • William Arthur Slocombe, army private and prisoner of war: corresp, pay book, memoranda, record of demobilization 20th cent (D895)

Glasgow City Archives

  • Blawarthill Air Raid Precautions, Glasgow: additional minutes 1939-1945 (D-CD)

Gwent Archives

  • 7th Battalion Mon (Ebbw Vale) Home Guard: list of serving men 1942-1944 (D5803)

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

  • Bursey family of Ringwood: papers incl ledger of Charles and Walter Bursey, decorators, diary of Walter Bursey during First World War service in Russia and related documents 1719-1919 (93A07)
  • Royal Green Jackets Regiment: regimental records incl diaries, corresp, photographs, accounts incl of amalgamated regiments 1725-2012 (170A12W)

Highland Archives

  • Burma Star Association, Highland Counties branch: records 1956-2002 (D1327)

Hull History Centre (Hull City Archives)

  • Barron, Captain: diary of war raids on Hull 1939-1944 (C DISV/1)
  • Edward Carr, soldier: autobiography rel to Second World War 1939-2011 (C SRL/R/84)

Huntingdonshire Archives

  • United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Glatton 457th Bombardment Group: war diary 1943-45, 748th Bombardment Squadron diary 1944-45 and papers 1943-1945 (Accession 5554)

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Record Office for

  • Royal Leicestershire Regiment (17th Foot): records 1900-1990 (DE8466)

Lincolnshire Archives

  • Lincolnshire Regiment: records relating to Russell George Young of the 1st Batallion 1945-1947

Midlothian Council Archives

  • James Braidwood, air raid warden: ARP report book from Bonnyrigg area 1939-44 (LSA101)

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

  • Samuel Eric Esler, pilot: log book 1939-1949 (2012.19)
  • James Christian Nelson, pilot: log book 1939-1953 (2012.19)
  • Jack Bertram West, squadron leader and pilot: log book 1939-1953 (2012.19)

Norfolk Record Office

  • Arthur Denny, soldier: corresp with his wife Mabel and his daughter Monica, whilst serving in the 65th Norfolk Yeomanry Anti-Tank Regiment and as a prisoner of war, originally in an Italian prisoner of war camp before being transferred to Stalag 4B (IVB), a German transit camp and other papers 1942-1975 (MC 2811)
  • Arthur Humfrey Mason of Necton Hall, captain army: records rel to his military service, incl letters to his mother during his army service at Colchester and en route to Gallipoli, his service at Gallipoli and letters of condolence to his parents 1893-1915 (ACC 2012/78)

Orkney Archive

  • John JL Tulloch: eye-witness account of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet off Cava in 1919 20th cent (D1/1100)

Oxfordshire History Centre

  • Col Stanley Leonard Barry: corresp, deeds, pedigrees and photographs rel to Hampton Gay Manor House and Paper Mill c 1800-1900 (Acc 6065)

Perth and Kinross Council Archive

  • Major Andrew Munro: papers rel to the trial of staff from Belsen concentration camp 1933-45 (ACC12/62)
  • Aberfeldy Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital: album of photographs and documents rel to Belgian patients 1915-1918 (ACC12/24)

Sheffield Archives

  • Edward Shortland, Private, 191st York and Lancaster Regiment: diary of service during Boer War 1899 - 1902 (2012/90)

Somerset Heritage Centre

  • Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) (13th Foot): additional records incl photographs, personnel papers and First World War casualty rolls (transferred by Somerset Military Museum Trust) 1800-1999 (DD\SLI)
  • Documents rel to Percy Frederick Baker, a military driver during WWII 1941-1986 (A\DNC)

Surrey History Centre

  • Lt-Col John Edward Harryman Pryce, 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment: account of the march to Fort Punella, Kolapore, Southern Mahratta 1844 (QRWS)
  • East Surrey Regiment: newspaper cuttings and corresp (1 vol) incl photographs, caricatures and watercolours, also rel to Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment 18th-20th cent (ESR)

Teesside Archives

  • Unnamed, commentator on Crimean War: diary rel to Crimean War by unknown lady author with references to Teesside c1850-1859 (Acc 7182)

Tyne and Wear Archives

  • John Richardson, Prisoner of War: letters to his family during his time as a prisoner of war in Germany 1941-1944 (DX1510)

West Sussex Record Office

  • 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteer Corps: photograph album with images also rel to 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment 1907-28 (Acc 16850)
  • Home Front Recall, oral history project: recordings and corresp files 21st cent (Acc 16913)

Wirral Archives Service

  • Thomas William Elcoat, army: corresp, army records and papers 1908-1942 (2028)

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

  • Albert Clarke, soldier of the Worcester Yeomanry, prisoner of war in Turkey: diaries 1916-1918 (BA14082)
  • Great War Comrades Association, Eckington: minutes 1919-1955 (BA15421)


British Library: Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections (previously Oriental and India Office Library)

  • Sir James Brind, officer in the East India Company army service: corresp rel to the siege of Delhi 1857 (Mss Eur F662)
  • Gilbert Cecil Gaunt Lewis, Captain, Indian Army: letters to his fiancee Margaret Gilpin-Brown from India; letters from Margaret Lewis to her mother L L Gilpin-Brown from India (88 letters) 1923-1931 (Mss Eur F655)
  • Frederick Weston Peile, Lieutenant-General, Royal Engineers: 'A life of trivialities' - An autobiographical sketch, (transcribed and edited by Chris Peile) 1870-1902 (Mss Eur F666)
  • John Whitehead, training officer to the Chin Hills Battalion, Burma: papers rel to Chin Hills, Burma 1947 (Mss Eur F663)

Imperial War Museum Department of Documents

  • Gerald Robert Akhurst, Major, Battery Commander of 7th (Sphinx) Commando Battery, 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery: detailed account, incl copies of maps and photographs during the Falklands War 1982
  • W H Brighouse, Corporal, 12th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment: airgraph letters written as a Private, later Corporal, on the North East Indian border with Burma to his younger brother 1943-1944
  • Harold Peter Broad, Acting Air Commodore, Royal Air Force, CBE, DFC: flying log books, photographs, official corresp and other papers rel to career 1930 - 1951
  • Victor William Darwin Fox, Lieutenant, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Western Front: letters to his mother and a friend, E F Gye, while serving as a junior officer 1915
  • George William Giles, 34 Special Training Barracks: papers rel a military prison, retraining and rehabilitating soldiers under sentence of penal servitude for crimes incl desertion 1944-1945
  • Sir Henry Harwood, admiral, Royal Navy: papers rel to naval career c1888-1950
  • David Killingray, Emeritus Professor of Modern History: letters and research papers incl corresp with African soldiers and civilians who served in Africa, India, the Far East and elsewhere during the Second World War 1939-1989
  • Wilfred Henry Lindop, BBC sound engineer: letters to his wife while serving as a BBC sound engineer with War Correspondents 1945
  • Charles Howard Cecil Lyons, SQMS and later Colour Sergeant, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers: papers incl a flying log book and corresp 1931-1954
  • Denis O'Dell, ground crew, Royal Air Force: diary and corresp rel to RAF ground crew service in the Second World War 1939-1945
  • Charles Pollard, Chief Engineer, Merchant Navy, OBE: diary and papers 1940 - 1943
  • J O Summerhayes, Lieutenant Colonel: official and personal papers 1918 - 1920
  • Arthur Titherington, campaigner and Chairman of the Japanese Labour Camp Survivors' Association: papers 1939-1945
  • Henry James Williams, song writer: papers rel to career before and during the First World War, most notably as the co-writer of the famous marching song Its A Long Way to Tipperary, with Jack Judge c1910-1919

Island Archives, Guernsey

  • Captain John Walbridge, historian of Guernsey: "German Surrender Chronicle - Channel Islands 1940-45" research (5 vols) 2012 (AQ 1086/28)

Jersey Archive

  • Pascoe family of Jersey: First World War and Occupation papers 1918-1945 (JA/2029)
  • Tipping family of Jersey: Occupation diary of Jean Tipping recording the deportation of the Tipping family to Germany 1942-1945 (JA/2000)
  • Albert Francois Benoit, soldier of Jersey: First World War service book 1917-1939 (JA/2153)
  • Eva Mary Bosdet, of Jersey: Occupation diary and letter 1941-1945 (JA/2156)
  • Guy Dunell, of Jersey: Occupation papers 1940-1945 (JA/2095)
  • Rose Alice Flavelle, of Jersey: Occupation diary 1940-1945 (JA/2131)
  • Frederick Archer Ludlow, of Jersey: corresp and Occupation diary 1939-1945 (JA/2188)
  • Jersey Treasury: additional Occupation papers incl requisitioning orders, agricultural war claims, receipts and reserved occupations 1940-1945 (JA/2219)
  • Declaration of the members of the household of Braemar, Samares, during the Occupation 1942 (JA/2195)
  • Letters from German soldiers sent at Christmas 1941 (JA/2226)
  • Papers rel to German police personnel during the Occupation 1940-1945 (JA/2230)

Lothian Health Services Archive

  • Ethel Miller, nurse at Craigleith Military Hospital: nursing records incl an autographs and sketches book c1916-19 (Acc 12/020)

National Army Museum Templer Study Centre

  • Lt-Colonel William Francis Brougham Radcliffe Dugmore: letters and papers rel to the Uganda Mutiny 1896-99 (2012-03-9)
  • Captain James Girdlestone, 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot: Peninsular War corresp 1808-14 (2012-06-6)
  • Major Nigel Eric Murray Gunnis, Royal Artillery: letters written while serving in the UK, North Africa, Italy and with the British Mission to the Allied Control Commission in Romania 1939-47 (2012-11-19)
  • Lt-General Sir Francis Lloyd: additional personal and family papers 1859-1942 (2012-04-8-14)
  • Lt-General Adam Williamson, deputy-lieutenant of the Tower of London, Lt-General George Williamson and Lt-General Sir Adam Williamson, colonial governor: papers 1706-97 (2012-08-2)
  • Hodgson & Co, book auctioneers, London: corresp from employees who served in the British Army during World War One, thanking Sidney and John Hodgson for paying allowances and giving news of the writers' situations 1914-1919 (2012-10-18)

National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections

  • Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, author, scholar and soldier: papers 20th cent-21st cent (Acc.13338)
  • Alexander Wallace (Xan) Fielding, intelligence officer and author: papers 20th cent (Acc.13327)

National Maritime Museum: The Caird Library, Manuscripts Section

  • James Bremer, Lieutenant and Commander, Royal Navy: corresp rel to Bremer and the Sea Fencibles rescue of HM Gun Brig Fearless, 11 December 1803, incl account of the preservation of the Fearless by Bremer and a letter written (in French) to Lt. Bremer, 20 June 1809, then commander of floating prison ship Suffolk, from Lt. Durand on board 1803-1809 (REG10/000425)
  • William Brereton, Captain, Royal Navy and military governor of Manila, 1762-1765: corresp incl to Earl Harcourt, detailing Brereton's involvement in the 1767 expedition; letter from Simon de Anda and Salazar; cover letter with copy of de Anda's letter, commending Brereton, who had acted with honour in Manila, to the king of Spain; letter from Don Vincente Maulion y Pirella; 'Thoughts on the expedition to and conquest of Manilha'; a narrative account of the expedition; later corresp regarding the 'Manila papers', 1884 c1765-1884 (REG11/000502)

National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives and Library

  • Norman Apps, Officer: diary addressed to his wife of Norman Apps officer during Second World War 1939-1945 (DX/2551)

Royal Air Force Museum, Department of Research and Information Services

  • Sir Alan John Cobham, aviator: papers incl maps and photographs rel to pioneer long distance flights and business interests 1985-2006 (X006-0170)
  • John Alexander Cruickshank, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, Victoria Cross: papers incl flying log book, scrapbooks, certificates and photographs 1939-1997 (X006-0190)
  • Rudolf Edward Trower Hogg, Brigadier-General, Royal Flying Corps, Officer, Indian Army, RNAS, Gallipoli: papers incl diaries, letters, scrapbook, photographs and certificates 1906-1926 (X006-3371)
  • Royal Air Force: 74 Squadron Royal Flying Corps: orderly Room record book, RFC London Colney 1917-1918 (X006-7001)


Glasgow Women's Library

  • Isobel Ramsay, NAAFI worker: corresp rel to her time in Egypt 1939-46 (2012-12)


Aberdeen University, Special Libraries and Archives

  • Edward Fraser of Gortuleg, officer in the East India Company's Madras European Regiment: diary 1802-07

Cambridge University: Churchill Archives Centre

  • Alfred Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich: personal papers incl diaries, corresp and literary papers c1840-1960 (DUFC)

Durham University Library, Special Collections

  • Charles Bacon, colonel in Egyptian Army: papers mainly corresp from India, Central and East Africa, and the Sudan where he served with the Egyptian Army 1912-1926 (SAD)
  • R. J. S. Thomson, Sudan Political Service official: papers and photographs from his service in the Sudan Defence Force and Sudan Political Services, corresp, diary of journey to the Sudan in 1943, 5 photograph albums 1943-1954 (SAD)

Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections

  • Lt-Colonel William Donald Macdonald: account of a trip to the Western Isles and St Kilda 1849-50 (Coll-1430)

King's College London: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

  • Samuel Berkovitz, tailor and soldier: unpublished memoir rel to his life and work, incl service in India and Burma with the Chindits c1982 (Berkovitz S)
  • Sir John Brown, architect and army officer: maps, notes, speech texts, corresp, photographs and publications rel to his career incl trench maps of Gallipoli and Gaza 1915-45 (Brown, J)
  • Major General Francis William Edward Fursdon: additional photographs taken during his assignments as defence correspondent 1982-2005 (Fursdon, F W E)
  • Lt Colonel Lemon Evelyn Oliver Turton (Pat) Hart: papers, incl semi official corresp and office files rel to his service at SAS Headquarters 1944-45 (Hart, L E O T)
  • General Sir Henry de Beauvoir de Lisle: papers incl reports and corresp rel to his service in South Africa and as commander of 2nd Cavalry Division in France 1900-14 (De Lisle, B)
  • John Stuart Pepys Rawlins, Medical Director General of the Navy: papers, photographs and films chiefly rel to his research into the development of ejector seats c1950-79 (Rawlins, J S P)
  • Colonel John David Sainsbury: papers compiled as secretary to the Joint Service Review of honours and awards 1992-2000 (Sainsbury, J D)
  • Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, military historian: additional papers 1873-1940 (Swinton, E D)
  • Michael John Tapper, businessman and campaigner: papers rel to official enquiries into the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD576, 1994 and the eventual exoneration of pilots Flight Lt Jonathan Tapper and Flight Lt Rick Cook 1995-2012 (Tapper, M J)
  • Major General Peter Gage Williams: papers rel to his service with the Frontier Force, Sultans Armed Forces, Oman 1976-78 (Williams, P G)
  • Brixmis Association: memoirs of service by former members of the British Commander-in-Chiefs Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) 1946-90 (Brixmis)
  • Rhodesian Oral History Collection: transcripts of interviews with individuals who fought in the Rhodesian civil war 2008-2009 (Rhodesian Oral History Collection)

Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Western Manuscripts

  • Henry Hulton, Lieutenant Colonel: diary of a tour in Northern France and Flanders 1788-89 (6993)

Oxford University: St Antony's College: Middle East Centre Archive

  • Keith Warton, flight lieutenant, Royal Air Force: papers and photographs rel to secondment to Sultan of Oman's Air Force 1963-68 (0569)