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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Bethell, E W
BETHELL, Capt Edward Walter (1891-1918)
Created [1898]-1927
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Bethell, Edward Walter, 1891-1918, Captain
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1891; educated at Sandroyd Cobham, Winchester College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into 1 Bn, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), 1911; service in Gibraltar, 1911-1912; served in Bermuda, 1912-1914; Lt, 1913; service in Pretoria, South Africa, 1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; wounded, First Battle of Ypres, Belgium, 1914; acting Capt, 1915; Capt, 1915; Assistant Instructor, Mersey School of Instruction, 1915-1916; Company Commander, No 8, Officer Cadet Bn, 1916-1917; Staff Course, Clare College, Cambridge, 1917; Assistant Instructor, No 1 School of Instruction for Infantry Officers, 1917-1918; Senior Officers Course, Aldershot, Hampshire, 1918; commanded B Company, 1 Bn, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), 19 Infantry Bde, 33 Div, 5 Corps, 3 Army, Western Front, 1918; killed in action, near Epehy, France, 21 Sep 1918.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Bethell's life and career, [1898]-1927, and to his death in action, near Epehy, France, 21 Sep 1918, including letters and telegrams of condolence to Bethell's parents, notably from HM King George V, Brig Gen Charles Robert Graham Mayne, commanding 19 Infantry Bde, and Brevet Lt Col Percy Charles Esdaile, Commanding Officer, 1 Bn, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), 1918; photograph of Bethell's grave, Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, France [1920]; seven photographs of Bethell [1898-1918]; Capt Bethell's Record of Services book, 1911, and the official scroll, sent to the next of kin of servicemen killed in action [1919]; letters from the War Office, the Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries, and the Imperial War Graves Commission relating to Capt Bethell's death, gravestone and location of cemetery and grave, 1918-1927; letter to Adm Hon Sir Alexander Edward Bethell from Maj George Nowers Dyer, Commanding Officer, Depot, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), Guildford, Surrey, relating to the collection of photographs of the Regiment's officers killed in World War One, for inclusion in the Regimental Museum, Nov 1923.

System of arrangement

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

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
Related units of description

The Centre also holds the papers of Bethell's father, Adm Hon Sir Alexander Edward Bethell (1855-1932) (Ref: Bethell, A E), brother, Lt Maurice John Bethell, RN, killed in action, Battle of Jutland, 1916 (Ref: Bethell, M J), sister, Mrs Agatha [Hilda] Marsden Smedley (1895-1985) (Ref: Marsden Smedley, A H), and brother in law, Cdr John Bertram Aubrey Marsden Smedley, RN ([1893]-1959) (Ref: Marsden Smedley, J B A).


Compiled Sep 1999

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
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • War graves
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Bethell, Edward Walter, 1891-1918, Captain
  • Bethell, Edward Walter, 1891-1918, Captain
  • Bethell, Sir, Alexander Edward, 1855-1932, Knight, Admiral
  • Dyer, George Nowers, d 1955, Colonel
  • Esdaile, Percy Charles, fl 1918, Lieutenant Colonel
  • George V, 1865-1936, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Mayne, Charles Robert Graham, 1874-1944, Brigadier General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)


  • EpĂ©hy, France

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