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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Barnardiston
BARNARDISTON, Maj Gen Nathaniel Walter (1858-1919)
Created 1914-1919
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.05 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

Barnardiston, Nathaniel Walter, 1858-1919, Major General

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1858; joined 77 (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Regt of Foot, 1878; Adjutant 2 Bn Middlesex Regt, 1882-1886; Capt, 1885; graduated Staff College, 1888; Aide de Camp to Governor of Bermuda, 1889-1892; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Eastern District, 1894-1897; Maj, 1896; Staff Captain Intelligence Div, War Office, 1898-1899; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Intelligence Div, War Office, 1899-1901; served with 2 Bn Middlesex Regt in the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1901-1902; temporary Military Attache to Brussels and The Hague, 1902-1904; Lt Col, 1904; Military Attache to Brussels, The Hague, and the Scandinavian Courts, 1904-1906; Military Attache to Brussels and The Hague, 1906; Assistant Commandant at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1906-1910; Brevet Col, 1907; Assistant Director of Military Training and General Staff Officer Grade 1, 1910-1914; Col, 1910; served World War One, 1914-1918; commanded British troops at the capture of Tsingtao, North China, 1914; Maj Gen, 1914; Commander 39 Div, 1915-1916; Chief of British Military Mission to Portugal, 1916-1919; died 1919.

Publications:Ā Handbook of the Belgian Army, (War Office Intelligence Department, Stationary Office, London, 1899); Handbook of the French Army, (War Office Intelligence Department, Stationary Office, London, 1901).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1966.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the Japanese and British capture of the German possession of Tsingtao, North China, during World War One, and a subsequent visit to Japan, 1914; papers created during command of 39 Div, 1915-1916; papers relating to post as Chief of British Military Mission to Portugal, including personal diaries, and correspondence relating to discussions held by Barnardiston on Belgian neutrality in 1906, 1916-1919.

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

Mainly English, with some Japanese and Portuguese.

Finding aids

This detailed Catalogue, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Further papers (1859-1919) held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of the West Suffolk Record Office.

Publication note
Further papers (1859-1919) held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of the West Suffolk Record Office.



Decorations: CB, MVO

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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.


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  • Diplomacy
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  • Foreign relations
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military missions
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  • Neutrality
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  • World War One (1914-1918)
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  • Barnardiston, Nathaniel Walter, 1858-1919, Major General
  • Barnardiston, Nathaniel Walter, 1858-1919, Major General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Japanese Army


  • Belgium
  • Portugal
  • Tsingtao, China, East Asia

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