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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
HOLMES, Maj Oliver Wright- (b 1909)
Created 1931-1934, 1951
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 boxes or 0.04m3


Name of creator(s)

Holmes, Oliver Wright-, b 1909, Major

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1909; Administrative Officer, Mental Hospitals Department, London County Council, 1928-1932; Administrative Officer, Department of the Clerk of the Council, 1932-1942; studied history at King's College London, 1931-1934; Ambulance Control Officer, London Ambulance Services, 1939-1942; served with 51 Training Regt, Royal Armoured Corps, UK, 1942, and with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in UK, 1942-1943, India, 1942-1945, and Burma, 1945-1946; Commander, No 52 Ordnance Field Depot, Myngaladon, Burma, 1945; Commander, No 62 Ordnance Field Depot, Rangoon, 1945-1946; served on Public Control Committee, London County Council, 1946, and Parks Committee, 1947-1954; Postgraduate student, Theology Faculty, King's College London, 1949-1952; Council Clerk, London County Council, 1954-1970; retired in 1970.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Maj Wright-Holmes in two accessions, 1984 and 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Lecture, course and revision notes written by Wright-Holmes whilst studying History at King's College London, 1931-1934; typescript copy of his PhD thesis entitled 'Tertullian on prayer', 1951.

System of arrangement

20 volumes.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, holds copies of extracts from 'One man's war', a memoir of Wright-Holmes' service with the Royal Armoured Corps and the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1942-1946, written in 1981-1983.

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational levels
  • Examinations
  • Higher education
  • History education
  • Humanities education
  • Religion
  • Religious experience
  • Social science education
  • Student evaluation
  • Theses
  • Written examinations

Personal names

  • Holmes, Oliver, Wright-, b 1909, Major
  • Tertullian, c 155-225, Theologian

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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