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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Benson R L
BENSON, Lt Col Sir Reginald Lindsay (1889-1968)
Created 1915-1918, 1939-1940
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 boxes or 0.05 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Benson, Sir, Reginald Lindsay, 1889-1968, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1889; educated at Eton College and Oxford University; joined 9 Lancers, 1909; ADC to Viceroy of India, 1913-1914; Adjutant, 9 Lancers, 1914-1915; 1 Canadian Div, France, 1916; 59 (North Midland) Div, Ireland, 1916; Cavalry Corps, France, 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 3, Central Home Defence and British Armies in France, 1916-1917; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1917-1919; Liaison Officer, British Military Mission, Groupe des Armées du Nord, 1917-1918; Liaison Officer, British Military Mission, Grand Quartier Général, 1918; Military Secretary to Governor of Bombay, 1921-1922; served in France Army, 1939-1940; Military Attaché, Washington, USA, 1941-1944; died in 1968.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Benson in 1965.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in World War One, 1915-1918, principally comprising French and British casualty and strength figures, 1915-1918. Correspondence and associated papers relating to his work with Groupe des Armées du Nord and Grand Quartier Général, France, 1915, 1917-[1919], notably including correspondence between FM Sir Douglas Haig and Generals Robert Georges Nivelle and Henri-Philippe Pétain, 1917-1918. Operational documents, 1917-1918, mainly concerning 5 Army, IX Corps and III and VI French Armies. French Grand Quartier Général official communications, reports and telegrams, 1918, with maps relating to operations in France and Belgium, 1917-1918 and 1939-1940.

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 provided 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
English and French
Finding aids

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: Kt, DSO, MVO, MC

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.

Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Labour market
  • Manpower
  • Military manpower
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Benson, Sir, Reginald Lindsay, 1889-1968, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Benson, Sir, Reginald Lindsay, 1889-1968, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Haig, Douglas, 1861-1928, 1st Earl Haig, Field Marshal
  • Nivelle, Robert Georges, 1856-1924, French General
  • Petain, Henri-Phillippe Benoni Omer, 1856-1951, French Marshal

Corporate names

  • French Army


  • Belgium
  • France

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