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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Balston
BALSTON, Maj Thomas (1883-1967)
Created 1914-1919, 1938
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Balston, Thomas, 1883-1967, Major, author and publisher
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1883; educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford; tutor to Counts Gianbattista and Cesare Spaletti, Italy, 1906-1907; called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1909; secretary to T Fisher Unwin, publisher, 1912-1914; served in France and Belgium with 12 Gloucestershire Regt, 1914-1919; Staff Capt, 96 Infantry Bde, 1915-1917; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, 3 Div, 1917-1918, and 3 Corps, 1918-1919; worked for Duckworth and Co, publishers, 1921-1934; started to paint, 1934; one-man exhibition, Redfern Gallery, 1938; recalled to Southern Command as Staff Capt, Dec 1939, but invalided out after three months by pneumonia; organised and catalogued Exhibition of Wood-Engraving in Modern English Books, National Book League, 1949, Mark Gertler Memorial Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1949, and John Martin Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1953; died in 1967.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1968.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service with 12 Gloucestershire Regt, 95 Infantry Div, 3 Div and 3 Corps, France, 1914-1918, dated 1915-1918 and 1938, principally comprising his official report of a visit to trenches near 3 Infantry Bde HQ at Novelles, 9-12 Aug 1915, written for 32 Div HQ, Aug 28 1915; 12th Service Battalion Gloucestershire Regt (Colston Publishing Co, Bristol, 1915) an illustrated souvenir pamphlet compiled and edited by Howard Rankin and Albert G Wain; 3 Div order of battle, Jan 16 1917; 3 Corps order of battle, Oct 1918; group and individual photographs of 12 Gloucestershire Regt, 1914-1919.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above.

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

Draft catalogue available online 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, MC

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

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Balston, Thomas, 1883-1967, Major, author and publisher
  • Balston, Thomas, 1883-1967, Major, author and publisher

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • France

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