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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB99 KCLMA Block A J C
BLOCK, Maj Gen Adam Johnstone Cheyne (1908-1994)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Col Arthur Hugh Block (1859-1931)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1908; educated at Blundell's and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Royal Artillery, 1928; Lt, 1931; Capt, 1938; Adjutant, 1939; served in World War Two in France, UK, North Africa and Italy, 1939-1945; temporary Maj, 1940-1943; Bde Maj, 1940-1942; War Substantive Maj, 1943; Commanding Officer, 24 Field Regt, Royal Artillery, 1943-1945; temporary Lt Col, 1943-1950; awarded DSO, 1945; Maj, 1945; General Staff Officer 1, Royal Artillery and Assistant Military Secretary, General Headquarters, Central Mediterranean Forces, 1945-1947; Assistant Quartermaster General and General Staff Officer 1 Training, Anti Aircraft Command, 1947-1950; Lt Col, 1950; Senior Directing Staff (Army), Joint Services Staff College, 1950-1953; temporary Col, 1950-1953; awarded OBE, 1951; Col, 1953; Commander, Royal Artillery, 6 Armoured Div, 1953; temporary Brig, 1953-1957; Commandant, School of Artillery, Larkhill, Wiltshire, 1956-1959; Brig, 1957; Maj Gen, 1959; awarded CBE, 1959; General Officer Commanding Troops, Malta, 1959-1962; awarded CB, 1962; retired, 1962; Chief Information Officer to the General Synod (formally Church Assembly), 1965-1972; Col Commandant, Royal Regiment of Artillery, 1965-1973; Member of Basingstoke District Council, 1973-1975; died 1994. Decorated: CB, CBE, DSO

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1991.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Four copy photographs of Block's father's unit (Col Arthur Hugh Block), 72 Battery, 9 Western Div (Heavy Bde), Royal Garrison Artillery on parade and on the march, using elephants as draught animals, India, 1898-1900.

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

Summary guide entry available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

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



Compiled Aug 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.

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