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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Bartholomew
BARTHOLOMEW, Gen Sir William Henry (1877-1962)
Created 1917-1950
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Bartholomew, Sir, William Henry, 1877-1962, Knight, General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1877; educated at Newton College, south Devon and Royal Military Academy,Woolwich; joined Royal Artillery, 1897; graduated Staff College, Quetta, India, 1909-1910;served in World War One, 1914-1918; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, 4 Div, and Brig Gen,General Staff, 20 Corps, 1917-1918; Brig Gen, General Staff, Egyptian Expeditionary Force,1918; commanded 6 Infantry Bde, 1923-1926; Aide de Camp to the King and Maj Gen, 1926;Director of Recruiting and Organisation, War Office, 1927-1928; Commandant, ImperialDefence College, 1929-1931; Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, War Office,1931-1934; Col Commandant, Royal Artillery, 1934-1937; Lt Gen, 1933; Chief of GeneralStaff, India, 1934-1937; Gen, 1937; General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command,1937-1940; Aide de Camp General to the King, 1938-1940; retired, 1940; North EasternRegional Commissioner for Civil Defence, 1940-1945; died 1962.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1975.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to operations of 20 Corps in Palestine, 1917-1918, including third Battle of Gaza; correspondence including with Gen Sir Kenneth Wigram, 1935, and FM Sir Philip Chetwode, 1926-1936, with related papers, 1911-1950; Bartholomew Committee, Jun 1940 including operations in Flanders, organisation and training of troops; Northern Command and civil defence, 1940-1945.

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

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



Decorations: GCB, CMG, DSO

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
  • Civil defence
  • Defence
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Nonbook materials
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Bartholomew, Sir, William Henry, 1877-1962, Knight, General
  • Bartholomew, Sir, William Henry, 1877-1962, Knight, General
  • Chetwode, Philip Walhouse, 1869-1950, 1st Baron Chetwode of Chetwode, Field Marshal
  • Wigram, Sir, Kenneth, 1875-1949, Knight, General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Indian Army


  • Belgium
  • Dunkirk, France
  • Flanders
  • Gaza, Gaza Strip, Israel, Middle East
  • Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East
  • Palestine, Middle East

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