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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB99 KCLMA Baynham
BAYNHAM, Brig Derrick Hubert (1924-2006)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Baynham | Derrick Hubert | 1924-2006 | Brigadier

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1924; educated St George's College, Weybridge; took part in the Dunkirk evacuations, 1940; joined SOE, 1942; in ranks till 1943; 2nd Lieutenant, 1943; commissioned into Royal Signals, 1945; Lieutenant, 1946; ADC to the Viceroy of India and the Governor of Burma; Captain, 1951; Major, 1958; operations officer to the Director of Operations in Cyprus, 1958-1960; Joint Services Staff College, Latimer, 1963; Lieutenant Colonel, 1966; commanded Signal Wing, School of Infantry, Hythe, 1966; Colonel, 1970; Brigadier, 1973; commander, 11 Signal Group (V), Liverpool, 1974; Chief Signal Officer, UK Land Forces, Wilton; retired 1979; died 2006.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Apr 2008.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Memoir of Brig Derrick Baynham, 1939-1942, including descriptions of assisting in the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940; work in the Local Defence Volunteers, 1941; Special Operations Executive (SOE) training, including resisting interrogation and handling explosives; preparation for mission to support agents in occupied France and identify targets for sabotage; account of the mission including encounter with Milice (Vichy police), liasion with sympathetic French locals in Limoges, recovery of radio transmission equipment from the Milice, establishment of permanent base station in Perigueux and return to England, 1942. Also accounts of the attempted rescue of the surviving crew member of a crashed British bomber off the coast of Anglesey, 1941, for which Baynham was awarded the George Medal, and account of his capture by German troops and subsequent escape, Germany, April 1945.

System of arrangement

One volume.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Related units of description

The National Archives holds Baynham's SOE personal file (ref: HS 9/107/6).  It also holds the war diary for SOE Section F (ref: HS 7/244 and HS 7/245), and F Section miscellaneous aides memoires (ref: Hs 8/998 and HS 8/999).  Additional information from Mr Nigel Perrin, 2014.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Katharine Higgon and Kate O'Brien.

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

April 2008; additional material August 2008.

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  • Armed forces
  • Humanitarian law
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Occupied territories
  • Operation Dynamo (1940)
  • Reserve armed forces
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • BAYNHAM, Brig Derrick Hubert (1924-2006)

Corporate names

  • SOE
  • Special Operations Executive x Special Operations Executive


  • France
  • Western Europe

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