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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Benson E R
BENSON, Maj Gen Edward Riou (1903-1985)
Created 1948, 1950, [1964]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 files


Name of creator(s)
Benson, Edward Riou, 1903-1985, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1903; educated at Cheltenham College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; 2nd Lt, Royal Field Artillery, 1923; Lt, 1925; ADC to Government United Provinces, 1929-1931; Capt, 1936; Adjutant, 1936-1938; General Staff Officer Grade 3, 1939-1940; Maj, 1940; Brig, 1942; served in North West Europe, 1944-1946; Col, 1946; Deputy Director, Military Government (British Element), Berlin, 1948-1950; Maj Gen, 1951; Commander, 4 Anti-Aircraft Group, 1951-1953; Chief of Staff, General HQ, Middle East Land Forces, 1954-1957; retired, 1957; Col Commandant, Royal Artillery, 1960-1965; died in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre in 1986 from originals loaned by the family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of typescript minutes of 21st meeting of Deputy Commandants of Allied Kommandatura Berlin, 4 Jun 1948; 'British Military Government Berlin, 1945-1950', pamphlet printed in 1950; typescript draft of 'Suez: the seven day war' by Arthur James Barker (Faber and Faber, London, 1964), [1964].

System of arrangement

3 files

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.

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



Decorations: CB, CMG, CBE

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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  • Humanitarian law
  • Occupied territories

Personal names

  • Barker, Arthur James, 1918-1981, Lieutenant Colonel and author
  • Benson, Edward Riou, 1903-1985, Major General
  • Benson, Edward Riou, 1903-1985, Major General


  • Berlin, Germany
  • Middle East
  • Suez, Urban, Egypt, North Africa

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