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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Anderton
ANDERTON, Col Geoffrey (1902-1981)
Created 1930-1953
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 metres cubed


Name of creator(s)
Anderton, Geoffrey, 1902-1981, Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1902; educated at Ermysted's School, Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire and St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London; commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1927; Capt, 1929; service on North West Frontier, India, 1930-1931; Maj, 1936; served in World War Two in Tunisia and Italy, 1939-1945; temporary Lt Col, 1940; temporary Col, 1943; awarded OBE, 1944; Lt Col, 1945; Assistant Director of Medical Services, 1 Div, Italy, 1945; Col, 1949; Deputy Director of Medical Services, Hong Kong, 1950; served in Korean War, 1950-1953; retired 1952; Commandant, Star and Garter Home for Disabled Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen, Richmond, Surrey, 1953-1967; died 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Eighteen captioned photographs of operations in Waziristan, North West Frontier, India, Jul 1930, of troops of the Durham Light Infantry and 20 Medium Battery, Royal Artillery. Eight uncaptioned photographs of parades, groups and individuals officers, UK, 1940. Papers relating to the Allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy, 1943-1945, including printed map of Tunisia, scale 1: 1, 000, 000, 1943, and two printed maps of Anzio and the surrounding area, scales 1: 50, 000 and 1: 1, 000, 000, 1944; typescript 'The First Division in action. Tunisia 1943', with printed booklet entitled 'The First Divisional Artillery, Tunisia, 1943. Banana Ridge' [1943]; manuscript graph entitled 'Casualties-1st British Division and attached troops-Anzio', 21 Jan-6 Jun 1944; typescript report entitled 'The First Division in action, Anzio, March to June 1944'; typescript account by Anderton, Assistant Director of Medical Services, 1 Div, entitled 'History of the Divisional medical services in the Anzio campaign', Dec 1945; two volumes, History of the First Division. Anzio campaign. January-June 1944 (Ahva Press, Jerusalem, Palestine, [1946]) and History of the First Division. Florence to Monte Grande. August 1944-January 1945 (Schindler's Press, Cairo, Egypt, [1946]). Papers and photographs relating to Hong Kong and Korea, 1946-1952, including map of 'Hong Kong and the New Territories', scale 1: 80, 000, GSGS 3961, 1946; typescript memorandum by Anderton, as Deputy Director of Medical Services, Hong Kong, entitled 'The medical aspects of the expansion of the Hong Kong garrison in 1949', 1950; nineteen photographs of Korea and Hong Kong, 1950-1952, including visit by Edwina Cynthia Annette Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, to Hong Kong, 1950; large annotated manuscript map showing positions of UN medical units, near the Imjin river and north of Seoul, Korea [1951]; edition of the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Jan 1953, with article by Anderton entitled 'The birth of the British Commonwealth Division, Korea'. Typescript article on the Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot, 1949, with group photograph of the staff.

System of arrangement

2 files, 3 volumes, 1 large map

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 supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: OBE

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.

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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Medical sciences
  • Military medicine
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Surgery
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Anderton, Geoffrey, 1902-1981, Colonel
  • Anderton, Geoffrey, 1902-1981, Colonel
  • Mountbatten, Edwina Cynthia Annette, 1901-1960, wife of Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot
  • UN, United Nations


  • Anzio, Italy
  • China, East Asia
  • Hong Kong, East Asia
  • Korea, East Asia
  • Lazio, Italy
  • London, England
  • Northwest Frontier, Pakistan, South Asia
  • Rome, Italy
  • Seoul, Korea R, East Asia
  • Tunisia, North Africa
  • Waziristan, Pakistan, South Asia

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