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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Barnett M H
BARNETT, Air Commandant Dame (Mary) Henrietta (1905-1985)
Created 1940-1960
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 volumes, 1 file


Name of creator(s)
Barnett, Dame, (Mary) Henrietta, 1905-1985, Air Commandant
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1905; joined WAAF, 1939; served with WAAF in World War Two; in charge of WRAF personnel at RAF Mediterranean Command, Caserta, Italy, [1945]; Inspector, WAAF, 1948; Deputy Director, WAAF, 1949-1952; Officer Commanding RAF Hawkinge, 1952-1956; Director, WRAF, 1956-1960; died in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Photographs and press cuttings relating to her service with WAAF and WRAF, 1940-1960, notably her work as Director of WRAF, 1956-1960. Typescript account of her command of WRAF personnel at RAF Mediterranean Command, Caserta, Italy, [1945].

System of arrangement

4 volumes, 1 file.

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
Related units of description

The Centre also holds the papers of Barnett's brother, Maj Benjamin George Barnett (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Barnett B G).



Decorations: DBE

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.

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  • Armed forces
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • Barnett, Dame, Mary Henrietta, 1905-1985, Air Commandant

Corporate names

  • WAAF, Women's Auxiliary Air Force
  • WRAF, Women's Royal Air Force


  • Caserta, Italy

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