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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Blakiston-Houston
BLAKISTON-HOUSTON, Lt Col John Matthew (1898-1984)
Created 1947
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)
Houston, John Matthew, Blakiston-, 1898-1984, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1898; educated at Eton College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into 11 Hussars, 1916; seconded to 13 Bn, Royal Tank Corps, 1917-1919; served in France, 1918; served in Egypt, 1919-1921 and India 1921-1925; Capt, 11 Hussars, 1924; ADC to Governor General and Commander-in Chief of Australia, 1929-1930; Adjutant, Cheshire Yeomanry, 1931-1935; retired, 1935; reemployed as Maj, 11 Hussars, 1939; served in Egypt, 1939-1941; Lt Col, 1941; commanded Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Regt in East Africa, 1941-1942; retired, 1943; died in 1984.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre in 1983 by Blakiston-Houston.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Detailed memoir, 'I'd live it again', covering his life and military career, 1898-1945, notably his service in France, 1918, Egypt, 1919-1921 and 1939-1941 and East Africa, 1941-1942, written in 1947 and privately published in pamphlet form.

System of arrangement

Single item

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 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


Compiled Mar 1997

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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  • Armoured warfare
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Houston, John Matthew, Blakiston-, 1898-1984, Lieutenant Colonel


  • Australia, Oceania
  • East Africa
  • Egypt, North Africa
  • France

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